Metal News for April 14, 2005
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9 news articles posted on this day.
More acts have been announced for this year's Download Festival, augmenting what is shaping up to be one of the biggest hard rock festivals seen across Europe in years.
US garage rockers The Mooney Suzuki, British band A and Japan's hardcore techno rockers Mad Capsule Market have all been added to the main stage, joining headliners Black Sabbath, System Of A Down, Feeder, Velvet Revolver, Slipknot, Slayer and Billy Idol.
Making an appearance on the Snickers second stage are InMe, Apocalyptica, Underoath, Lordi, Shadows Fall and Finch, among others. Flogging Molly will also be playing the event, an Irish-American punk act which features wrestling superstar Chris Jericho on vocals.
Snickers have launched a competition that will see one unsigned band will be making the journey to the festival and playing on the Snickers stage alongside other acts. For more information go to snickersunsigned.co.uk.
Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:
Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Viking Skull More...
Nuclear Blast has announced the addition of a new member to the family — Blind Guardian. One of the most significant and successful international power metal bands who "reinvented classic metal for a younger audience" according to Metal Edge, the trademarked Blind Guardian experience is described as a "larger-than-life sound which incorporates the harmonies and drama of Queen with an aggressive, modern sensibility" by Billboard magazine.
Regarding the long-term signing, Blind Guardian singer Hansi Kürsch happily shares, "Our long search for the perfect record company has ended. We finally were lucky to find the ultimate home — Nuclear Blast! Some things you decide with your head, other things you deal with on a gut level. The decision for Nuclear Blast was both! We placed great emphasis on finding a partner that knows the world of heavy metal and does business in an unconventional manner, if necessary. Nuclear Blast can offer both of these key qualities, and proved so time and time again in the past.
"But this alone would not be enough, if the chemistry wasn't there, but our first meetings could only be described as: 'We came, ate, and laughed…' Our views on music in general and Blind Guardian in particular are almost identical! The whole Nuclear Blast team impressed us a lot with their unity and the huge identification with their mission and the expansion of the metal world. Now we have the unique chance to follow our musical vision in the perfect environment. We expect a lot, and so do Nuclear Blast. Let's roll! The Guardian comes home!"
Nuclear Blast label manager and A&R head Andy Siry is equally thrilled. "We are all very happy about the amount of trust Blind Guardian has put in us. The beginning of this cooperation will surely prove to be very productive and fruitful. Our distribution partners and the whole of Nuclear Blast are ready to kick ass!"
I had the chance to attend the Mudvayne, American Head Charge, Life of Agony and Bloodsimple show in Philadelphia, PA. The show was on April 09th at the Electric Factory, a venue that holds approximately 3,000 people. I got to do an interview with the drummer of the band, Matt McDonough, prior to the show. So without any further delay, here is the interview: More...
Very few bands in recent years start off with a debut album which gains so much attention and media acclamation. Swallow The Sun are yet another marvellous Doom/ Death act from Finland and their first album, "The Morning Never Came", is an amalgam of mesmerizing sounds in the finest tradition of the meisters in the genre ( My Dying Bride, Katatonia).
As much as I wish to have seen them live and done this interview face to face, alas I had to resort to the electronic medium. Nonetheless, guitarist Juha and keyboardist Aleksi took the time to answer my questions about their forthcoming album, new video and... ballet. More...
The 7th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival is set to take place April 22-24 in Worcester, MA. As previously announced, this year's festival features stellar headlining acts such as KING DIAMOND, HATEBREED, DANZIG, OBITUARY, NILE, HYPOCRISY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and BEHEMOTH among others.
The following set times have been posted ( subject to change):
Main Stage Friday, April 22:
3:00 - 3:20- Winter Solstice
3:30 - 3:50- Kylesa
4:00 - 4:20- The Esoteric
4:30 - 4:50- Nora
5:00 - 5:20- Since the flood
5:30 - 5:50- Haste The Day
6:00 - 6:20- Premonitions Of War
6:30 - 7:00- All That Remains
7:15 - 7:45- Throwdown
8:00 - 8:30- As I lay dying
9:00 - 10:00- Obituary
10:30 - 11:30- Unearth
12:00 - 1:00- Hatebreed
Second Stage, Friday:
3:10 - 3:30- Ion Disonanance
3:40 - 4:00- Catastrophic
4:10 - 4:30- Scurvy
4:40 - 5:00- T.B.A.
5:10 - 5:30- The Minor Times
5:40 - 6:10- With Honor More...
CEPHALIC CARNAGE have landed the number one position on this week's Canadian Campus Radio Charts, on the strength of their single, "Dying Will be the Death of Me", and their new album, "Anomalies".
The Canadian Campus Radio Charts are the most comprehensive source for all alternative charts in Canada, including weekly college radio top 50 based on Canadian college radio airplay, as well as, alternative retail sales and five different specialty charts (electronic, metal, hip-hop, jazz and world) updated weekly. "Anomalies", the Denver, Colorado quintet's critically acclaimed fourth full-length release, was released on March 15. The album currently occupies the number six position on the CMJ Loud Rock chart.
CEPHALIC CARNAGE will hit the road for a string of dates with DEAD TO FALL beginning April 21 in St. Louis, MO. Immediately following, the band will team up with SHADOWS FALL, TERROR and ZAO beginning May 1 in Ft. Wayne, IN. The band will then play a number of east coast dates concluding with an appearance at the WKDU Festival on May 10 in Philadelphia alongside labelmates DYSRHYTHMIA.
Crash Music, Inc. has announced a release date of July 26, 2005 for the new FLOTSAM AND JETSAM album, entitled "Dreams of Death". The CD was engineered by Tom Giatron and produced by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and Tom Giatron at Genesis Studios in Phoenix. Travis Smith did the cover art.
"Dreams of Death" track listing:
01. Requiescat in Pace
02. Parasychic, Paranoid
03. Childhood Hero
04. Straight to Hell
06. Bathing in Red
07. Nascentes Morimur
08. The Look in his Eyes
09. Out of Mind
A Blabbermouth.net visitor pointed out Esquire Magazine making fun of Dimebag's murder:
"I just bought the latest issue of Esquire, April 2005. The last page is an article 'This Way Out' by Brian Frazer. In it he makes a joke out of the murder of Dimebag. There is a pyramid of 'Recommended Daily of Vice.' On the top is a section 'Use Sparingly' and in it is 'Shooting ex-guitarists from PANTERA.' I think it is horrible for someone to make light of this tragic situation. We in the metal community should voice this. I sent an e-mail already and would hope everyone could do the same. There is not [an e-mail address] for the author, just email@example.com. I hope we can make our voices heard."