Metal News for April 13, 2007
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French Brutal Death Metal band KRONOS will team up with fellow French metallers BENIGHTED and FATAL for a tour of France between October 27 and November 4, 2007. KRONOS is currently searching for gigs to book the tour. Interested parties can contact Gab at firstname.lastname@example.org .
KRONOS' third album, "The Hellenic Terror", has just been released via Xtreem Music. The follow-up to 2004's "Colossal Titan Strife" was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and is said to be "a mythological concept album talking about the creatures of the ancient Greece".
Spanish Doom metallers AUTUMNAL will support KATATONIA on their three day Spanish tour. The band will perform songs from their latest album "Grey Universe", released through XTREEM MUSIC last December, and from the previous demo "The Age Of The Sin". This tour will make possible AUTUMNAL's return to Irun and Barcelona five years after their last gigs.
The next AUTUMNAL shows are as follows:
Apr. 13 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Caracol + KATATONIA
Apr. 14 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Bikini + KATATONIA
Apr. 15 - Irun, Spain - Sala Tunk + KATATONIA + BORT
May. 12 - Vigo, Spain - La Iguana + FALLEN SENTINEL
Meanwhile "Grey Universe" its obtaining a great response from the media and the band is working on its conitinuation for a 2008 release. You will find AUTUMNAL's music and more info on the band's MySpace.
Launch Radio Networks reports: BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi is thrilled with the band's latest release, which spotlights the time when Ronnie James Dio was the singer. It's called "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years", and in addition to a selection of material from the past, the album also has three new songs that were written in the last few months for the project. Iommi told Launch that he's happy to showcase Dio's contribution to the SABBATH legacy in this fashion, and the band is also thrilled to have new material to play live. "I think it's great, because this era of the band — certainly since we've been back with Ozzy (Osbourne) — 10 years of not really hearing about this lineup," he said. "And a lot of people have asked about doing an album, and I think it's great now that we can actually go out and play these tracks, and have an album out again of these tracks, with some fresher stuff."
"Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" sold almost 21,000 copies in its first week out, putting it at Number 54 on the Billboard 200 chart.
While they're BLACK SABBATH on the album the group — which also includes Geezer Butler on bass and Vinny Appice on drums — is touring this year as HEAVEN AND HELL. They recently finished up a series of dates that took them across Canada and ended with a DVD shoot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Their next U.S. run of shows begins April 22 in Phoenix.
LiveDaily.com reports: Veteran metal band Queensryche (tickets | music) has booked a handful of US dates through the summer that will sandwich a four-show tour of Japan. Stateside shows begin May 24 in Albuquerque and so far stretch through mid-July.
The band continues to support last year's "Operation Mindcrime II," which is the sequel to its 1988 platinum-selling concept album. "Mindcrime II" debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the band's highest debut in more than a decade, according to a press release. A few songs from the set are streaming at Queensryche's MySpace page.
Last year's theatrical tour to support the "Mindcrime" series was captured for double-CD and -DVD sets due in June. "Mindcrime at the Moore," filmed in Queensryche's hometown of Seattle, comprises the full theatrical production with actors playing out the "Mindcrime" saga.
The DVD set also includes a tour documentary, a featurette on the band's "Rock & Ride Across America" charity event and a live performance of "The Chase" from the Los Angeles concert that featured Ronnie James Dio's only public appearance as the character Dr. X.
"This concert is the realization of an idea that began nearly two decades ago," singer/songwriter Geoff Tate said in a statement. "The story and music of 'Operation: Mindcrime' is very dear to the band. We are thrilled with this performance and proud to share it with our audience."
Queensryche is also planning a "best-of" album for later this summer.
During its 26-year career, Queensryche has sold more than 20 million albums and toured in more than 22 countries, according to a press release. The band retains four of its five original members--Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson, and drummer Scott Rockenfield. Guitarist Mike Stone came on board as a permanent member in 2005.
Here are the newly announced Queensryche US tour dates:
May 24 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Casino
May 25 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
May 26 - San Diego, CA - 4th & B
May 27 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
June 23 - Veneta, OR - Secret House Vineyard
June 28 - Kansas City, MO - Harrah's Casino
June 29 - Maplewood, MN - Myth
June 30 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
July 3 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
July 14 - San Antonio, TX - Sunken Garden Amphitheater
The new album from Norway's DØDHEIMSGARD, titled Supervillain Outcast (out April 17th on The End Records) is now available for streaming at mp3.com.
You can now hear the entire album in streaming format here.
Supervillain Outcast (on Moonfog/The End Records) is the band's follow-up to their 1999 release 666 International. While most bands would be affected by such a lengthy downtime between releases, DHG's insatiable drive to reach new plateaus with their powerful aural assaults has kept the momentum going strong allowing Supervillain Outcast to serve up pure black metal anarchy. More...
Drummer Fabricio Ravelli has officially left Los Angeles thrashers HIRAX. His statement on the matter is as follows:
"I joined the band around a year ago and by that time, I had just came from Brazil to U.S. I definitely had some good times playing with HIRAX but I do believe that there's a time on life that you have to make decisions about what you want for your life, [and] I chose to have some self-respect. I wish good for the band but I came here to U.S to make it in music and this is my dream and I'm moving foward with my career. It's gonna be hard for me to find myself in a situation harder than the situations that I had to go through when I first got here like, living in my car or living in in numerous different places every day just because of what I want. So I'm not here to mess around and I'm definitely not stoping now so that means that you're gonna hear from me REALLY soon. I'm just glad that now I also can get to play my drums more freely 'cause there was a lot of elements that with HIRAX [that] just didn't fit. Yeah, I do love fast double bass and fast beats but I also grew up with all kinds of metal and some really heavy-ass Brazilian percussion, among other drumming stuff. It's like that saying from the great Muhammad Ali, you know, 'He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.' More...
Last week German death metal band NECROPHAGIST announced the addition of world-renowned drummer Marco Minnemann to its lineup. Minnemann will begin playing drums for NECROPHAGIST on the band's upcoming headlining North American tour, dubbed "Summer Slaughter Tour", also featuring labelmates CEPHALIC CARNAGE as well as DECAPITATED, ION DISSONANCE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, ARSIS and more.
The "Summer Slaughter Tour" will begin June 1 and is sponsored by Revolver magazine, Ibanez Guitars, Tama Drums, Fixion Media and Jaxprints. Prior to the start of the "Summer Slaughter Tour", Minnemann will perform select NECROPHAGIST songs at his upcoming drum clinics.
After establishing a reputation in his home country, Germany, in the late '90s, Marco began instructing solo workshops. Highlights included the Frankfurt Music Fair, PASIC in Dallas, and a solo performance at the "Modern Drummer Festival" in Toronto, where Marco had the honor of being the first German drummer to display his talents there. This performance, in the eyes of professionals and music trade magazines, catapulted him into the Top Ten of the drumming world. Following Drumfest, appearances included the Australian TUDW fest and the Montreal Drumfest in Canada. More...
The cover artwork of Swiss metal experimentalists SAMAEL's eighth album, "Solar Soul", has been posted online at the HeavyLaw web site.
Due on June 1 via Nuclear Blast Records, "Solar Soul" will feature the following track listing:
01. Solar Soul
02. Promised Land
04. Western Ground
05. On the Rise
07. Suspended Time
08. Valkyries' New Ride
10. Quasar Waves
11. Architect (bonus track)
To check out the new SAMAEL song "Slavocracy", taken from the upcoming CD, go to this location.
The following initial dates have been released for PATHS OF POSSESSION’s North American tour with DARK FAITH and VIVISECT:
July 13 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
July 14 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 20 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Live Music Hall
July 22 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
July 26 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
July 27 - Topeka, KS @ The Static Bar
July 29 - Aurora, CO @ Hubba’s
July 31 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
August 3 - Oakland, CA @ Uptown Night Club
August 5 - Mexicali, MEX @ El Jardin Del Silencio
PAIN's video for the track "Zombie Slam" has been posted online at this location. The clip was shot late February in Los Angeles by Ralf Strathmann. Ralf previously worked as a director for artists like CHILDREN OF BODOM, APOCALYPTICA and SOILWORK. He is also a photographer for such bands as H.I.M., AEROSMITH and BLINK 182, to name but a few.
"Zombie Slam" comes off the Swedish band's fifth full-length album, "Psalms of Extinction", due in the Nordic countries on April 18 via Roadrunner Records (May 7 in the rest of Europe). Guest musicians on the album include Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD, ex-DON DOKKEN, KING DIAMOND) on "Zombie Slam" (audio), CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho on the epic song "Just Think Again" (playing lead guitar), and Peter Iwers (IN FLAMES) on two songs (playing bass). According to a press release, the upcoming CD will feature sharper production, "heavier guitars, massive string movements and even more in-your-face vocals." More...
Launch Radio Networks reports: HELLYEAH releases its self-titled debut disc on Tuesday (April 10), featuring a new all-star collaboration between members of PANTERA, MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE. PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul was initially hesitant about joining the new project, but told Launch that NOTHINGFACE bassist Jerry Montano helped push him over the edge. "He just kept insisting, you know," he said. "He just called me seven or eight times. He's like, 'Dude, you gotta do this, you gotta be the drummer, man,'and finally one night he caught me when I'd been drinking and listening to some kick-ass music, and it just dawned on me. I just said, 'You know what? Let's give this thing a shot, you know.'And the next day I got on the phone with all the guys, and I just loved everybody's attitude. Everybody was so gung-ho about doing this thing, nobody had any ego, and it just really felt like the right thing to do. So that's why I decided to become part of it."
HELLYEAH is the first group Paul has played in since DAMAGEPLAN, the band he formed with his brother and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott after the breakup of PANTERA. "Dimebag" was shot and killed by a disturbed gunman during a DAMAGEPLAN show in December of 2004.
In addition to Paul and Montano, HELLYEAH features NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell, MUDVAYNE guitarist Greg Tribbett and MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray.
Chad Gray told Launch why he wanted to put it together in the first place. "I don't know, I think I always wanted another outlet besides MUDVAYNE," he said. "MUDVAYNE's pretty intricate, it's pretty technical, and there's, like, a lot of themes, and I just wanted to do a band that was all screaming and yelling and basically no singing — a band that I could really have fun on tour with. So I was just thinking, 'You know, we should just be insanely extreme and come out and just crush everything and have fun.'"
An exclusive version of HELLYEAH's album, featuring a bonus acoustic demo version of the song "Alcohaulin' Ass", is available at Best Buy.
SATANAS REX, the Black Metal offshoot of UK based COLD SPRING, one of the leading industrial/black ambient labels, has signed upcoming Black Metallers FUNERAL THRONE, and will release the band’s first album, Nihil Sine Diabolus, in the spring of 2007.
FUNERAL THRONE, a three piece comprising Saturnius; guitar and vocals, Morgul; bass and backing vocals, and Athrial; drums, is scheduled to open for CRADLE OF FILTH, at their Woverhampton gig on the 27th April. Two tracks from Nihil Sine Diabolus can be heard on the band’s official MySpace page on www.myspace.com/nfbm.
The label is also home to JOTUNSPOR, the studio project of King ov Hell (GORGOROTH, I, SAHG, AUDREY HORNE) and Kvitrafn (SIGFADER, WARDRUNA, ex SAHG, ex GORGOROTH), whose album Gleipnirs Smeder was released to much critical praise in 2006. Kvitrafn is due to enter the studios shortly to perform drum duties on the new album from DEAD TO THIS WORLD; the band formed by former IMMORTAL bassist Iscariah.
Swedish melodic death metal band WITHIN Y has recruited drummer Erik Hagström as the replacement for the recently departed Thim Blom (ex-GARDENIAN).
Blom left the group in December 2006, claiming that "pain in [his wrists]" made it impossible for him to "perform at the top of [his] abillity and to do what it takes to play at this level."
Gilby Clarke has reportedly left Rock Star Supernova. No reason for the departure has been given, although disappointing sales, less than 56,000 in the US, are believed to have contributed to the decision.
According to front-man Lukas Rossi, the band will change their name and are currently writing for a new album.
British doomsters ORANGE GOBLIN have posted a new track, entitled "Hounds Ditch", on their MySpace page. The song comes off the group's new album, "Healing Through Fire" (artwork), due on May 21 via Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded at Fortress Studios in London with producer Mark Daghorn. The final track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. The Ballad Of Solomon Eagle
02. Vagrant Stomp
03. The Ale House Braves
04. Cities Of Frost
05. Hot Knives and Open Sores
06. Hounds Ditch
07. Mortlake (Dead Water)
08. They Come Back (Harvest Of Skulls)
09. Beginners Guide To Suicide More...
Translation Loss Records has announced the signing of Boston-Massachusetts' BLOODHORSE.
Consisting of Alex Garcia-Rivera (drums), Matt Woods (bass, vocals), and Adam Wentworth (guitar, vocals), BLOODHORSE formed at the tail-end of 2004 as an informal avenue of keeping busy during the down time of their respective bands. The following year would see the band become their main focus as previous obligations disbanded or disintegrated, and the core of their early material would be realized. Though a relatively new group, the members of BLOODHORSE have spent the last decade touring and releasing records with an expansive collective resume that includes 454 BIG BLOCK, SHELTER, THE RED CHORD, SAVES THE DAY, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE and PREMONITIONS OF WAR. However, BLOODHORSE dispel any notion of prior band affiliation with the bastardized wall of sound delivered on their upcoming Translation Loss debut, "EP", that pays homage to the likes of DEEP PURPLE and THE WHO while fusing contemporary elements from bands like ENTOMBED and SAINT VITUS. More...
Finnish melodic death metal band SEARING MEADOW has released a new promotional CD. The effort was recorded at Noisecamp Studios with producer Kari Nieminen. The track listing is as follows:
02. Obey and Desecrate
Check out the song "Inverted" on the band's MySpace page.
Guitarist Sasu Haapanen previously stated about the new material. "Although pretty recognizible SEARING MEADOW stuff — [the songs are] much heavier and gloomier. Ville's [Pekkala; guitar] been listening to lot of bands like OLD MAN'S CHILD recently and you can hear their influences pushing through. I guess you won't hear songs like 'These Evening Tears' on the next album."
Bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel of reactivated San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB has issued the following update:
"Just thought I would let you know that Century Media has honored our request to be released from the label. We having nothing bad to say about CM. Everyone there did a great job and helped us out along the way a much as they possibly could have.
"We would like to thank Marco and everyone at Century Media for their hard work over the past 10 years.
"Our last release for CM will be the 10-year anniversary reissue of our debut album, 'Bound, Gagged and Blindfolded'. They've been cool enough to speed up the manufacturing process so we could have 'em for sale on the Face Of Aggression Tour… very fuckin' metal of them!!
"So that's it for now. We're fuckin' excited about the future of SKINLAB. We're felling stronger than ever nowadays. The new tunes are coming out slammin'. I have no doubt SKINLAB will find a new home sooner than later." More...
TRAP THEM, the brutal metal/hardcore band formed by Ryan McKenney (ex-BACKSTABBERS INC.) and Brian Izzi (ex-DECEMBER WOLVES), has signed with Deathwish Records. The group will enter Godcity Studios this summer to record "Seance Prime" for a late 2007 release.
In early 2007, TRAP THEM released two records on Rhode Island's Trash Art! label, both engineered by Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE) at Godcity Studios. First was their crushing "Self Titled" debut 7" EP. Bringing to mind influences ENTOMBED, NASUM, and even BLACK FLAG, the release was a devastating three song wake up call to the aggressive music community. Just two months later, TRAP THEM released "Sleepwell Deconstructor", their debut full-length on Trash Art! The CD's viciousness is awe-inducing, proving that they already deserve to stand among the elite of the extreme metal and hardcore genre.
NILE has scheduled the following Ozzfest "off" dates with CHTHONIC:
July 13 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
July 18 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
July 20 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
July 23 - Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
July 25 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
July 27 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
July 29 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
Aug. 09 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
Aug. 17 - Bedford, NH - Mark’s Showplace
Aug. 19 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Aug. 21 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club (with SKINLESS)
Aug. 25 - Detroit, MI - Harpo’s
Aug. 27 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
SUFFOCATION will team up with IMMOLATION and SKINLESS for a North American tour beginning late October. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Oct. 25 - Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial de Quebec
Oct. 26 - Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
Oct. 27 - Toronto @ The Opera House
Oct. 28 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Oct. 29 - Chicago, IL @ Metro / Smart Bar
Oct. 30 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
Nov. 02 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Nov. 03 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Grill
Nov. 04 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Nov. 05 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Nov. 06 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov. 07 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Nov. 08 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Nov. 09 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
Nov. 10 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Nov. 11 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Nov. 14 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Nov. 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Nov. 17 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
Nov. 18 - New York, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
Architect post an update on their myspace page seeking a temporary replacement drummer:
"We are in need of a drummer for a summer tour
"For the month of july or the month of august, our drummer has work obligations so we are looking for someone to sit in for a few weeks for a tour of the U.S.."
"The details are being hashed out now but we are looking for a dedicated drum smasher with the balls to back us up. you gotta have good gear, have some experience, not be a douche etc."
"If you are down to try out get ahold of our record and learn the first 2 songs and then message us. try outs will be in may or so."
"Or you can send us a audio or video link online or something"
"no tappers or triggers plz, hard hitters only."
SKID ROW has lined up the following tour dates:
April 24 - Ledyard, Connecticut, Club BB @ Foxwoods Casino
April 25 - Ledyard, Connecticut, Club BB @ Foxwoods Casino
June 08 - Sölvesborg, Sweden, Sweden Rock Festival
June 15 - Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
June 16 - Gilford, New Hampshire, Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center
July 13 - Owensboro, KY, Executive Inn
July 14 - Pryor, Oklahoma, Rocklahoma - Rock Fever Fest
Aug. 03 - Clearfield, Pennsylvania, Clearfield County Fair
Aug. 18 - Lapeer, Michigan, Lapeer Days Festival
Sept. 08 - San Fidel, New Mexico, Sky City Casino
SKID ROW's latest album, "Revolutions Per Minute", was released on October 24, 2006 via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2003's "ThickSkin" was recorded at WireWorld studio in Nashville, Tennessee with Michael Wagener, who previously worked with the band on their two most commercially successful albums to date, "Skid Row" (1989) and "Slave to the Grind" (1991).
Doom metal band Eyes of Ligeia have decided to call it a day. Dante, the band's leader, has issued the following statement: "After nine years, the cycle is complete. Eyes of Ligeia has been laid to rest, having accomplished all that was meant to be. No further information will be forthcoming."
Eyes of Ligeia signed to Paragon records in 2005 and released "A Fever Which Would Cling to Thee Forever" through the label, which would be their last release.
Lamb of God have been confirmed for a number of European festivals. The list so far includes the following:
June 2nd in Nurburgring, GER @ Rock Am Ring Festival
June 3rd in Nurnberg, GER @ Rock Am Park Festival
June 4th in Brussels, BEL @ Ancienne Belgique
June 5th in Northampton, UK @ Soundhaus
June 6th in Edinburgh, UK @ Liquid Rooms
June 7th in Glasgow, UK @ Carling Academy
June 9th in Sheffield, UK @ Coperation
June 10th in Leicestershire, UK @ Download Festival
June 12th in Colchester, UK @ Arts Centre
June 13th in Hellendoorn, NL @ Lantaarn
June 15th in Hultsfred, SWE @ Hultsfred Festival
June 17th in Seinajoki, FIN @ Provinssirock Fest
June 20th in Berlin, GER @ SO36
June 21st in Tilburg, NET @ 013
June 22nd in Clisson, FRA @ Hellfest
June 23rd in Dessel, BEL @ Graspop Metal Meeting Festival
June 25th in Hamburg, GER @ Grunspan
June 27th in Arendal, NOR @ Hovefestivalen
June 28th in Copenhagen, DEN @ Pumpehuset
June 29th in Twistringen, GER @ Reload Festival
June 30th in Leipzig, GER @ With Full Force Festival
H.I.M. have announced plans to release a greatest hits album, 'And Love Said No: Greatest Hits 1997-2004', on May 8th. The track listing is as follows:
1. And Love Said No
2. Join Me
3. Buried Alive By Love
4. Heartache Every Moment
5. Solitary Man
6. Right Here In My Arms
7. Funeral Of Hearts
8. In Joy & Sorrow
9. Your Sweet 666
10. Gone With The Sin
11. Wicked Game
13. Close To The Flame
14. Poison Girl
16. When Love & Death Embrace
San Diego melodic hardcore band Underminded will embark upon a brief tour of the West later this month. Here are the tour dates:
4/19 Barstow, CA @ Club Inferno w/Lorene Drive, Her Candane, Mikoto
4/20 Victorville, CA @ Trilogy Theatre w/ Her Candane, Mikoto
4/21 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerrys Pizza w/ Scars of Tomorrow
4/22 Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound w/ Someday
4/23 Espanola, NM @ Pueblo Teen Center w/ Thriller, I Am The Ocean
4/24 El Paso, TX @ Chic's Entertainment and Billiards w/ Thriller, I Am The Ocean
4/26 Fullerton, CA @ The Alley
As previously reported, Underminded recently signed to Uprising Records. The band released their debut in 2004 with Kung Fu Records. Underminded's new album, titled "eleven:eleven," was recorded by Paul Miner (Thrice, Death By Stereo) and is due out this summer.
Divide The Day has lined up Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, Eighteen Visions) to produce their upcoming full-length, their second for Pluto Records. The band will enter the studio this summer and the effort will hit streets this fall. In the meantime, the band has lined up the following Southern California dates below. The band will also be heading out on the road for much of June with Nevea Tears before heading into the studio. Those dates will be announced soon.
4/14 Hawthorne, CA @ Double Dip Baby (early show)
4/14 Colton, CA @ Schooners (late show)
4/28 Riverside, CA @ The Vibe
5/19 Temecula, CA @ Temecula Music Fest
Tampa Bay-based thrash/death metal band UNKNOWN CURE has reformed after a two-year silence. Armed with new drummer Dave Conte and bassist William Beck, the group will enter the studio in May to begin work on the follow-up to 2002's "Afterlife".
According to the band's official bio, UNKNOWN CURE's "Afterlife" EP was a "raw demo" which captured the group's early sound with former drummer Marc Ciccosanti. UNKNOWN CURE's early lineup also included acclaimed bassist Darren McFarland (ATHEIST, CYNIC) alongside band principals Tony Anderson (vocals; GENERICHRIST, UNSPEAKABLE ACTS, ZOMBIE FUCK SQUAD), Don Queen (guitar; GENOCIDE, DECIMATION) and Guy Loucks (guitar; 454, BLESSED WITH PAIN).
If there's a "new" band you should watch for, it would be Scar Symmetry. Hailing from Avestas, Sweden since 2004, the band features singer Christian Älvestam (Incapacity, ex-Angel Blake, Torchbearer), guitarists Jonas Kjellgren (ex-Carnal Forge, Centinex) and Per Nilsson (Altered Aeon), bassist Kenneth Seil and drummer Henrik Ohlsson (Altered Aeon, ex-Diabolical, ex-Thrawn). They are often compared with In Flames and Soilwork, but the main thing that sets them apart from other melodeath giants is the existence of clean vocals, which alternates with the death metal growls. Not to mention the amazing guitar work. These guys prove that the Swedes are still at the top of the metal game.
When fellow Swedes Dark Tranquillity and The Haunted brought their co-headlining tour to Vancouver, BC, it gave me the chance to sit down with the two Scar Symmetry guitarists in their tour bus to ask them a few questions, hear them share their pearls of wisdom and learn some Swedish from them. Here's how it went down: More...