Metal News for April 17, 2007
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Launch Radio Networks There's been a major change in the timeline for ALICE COOPER's new album. Back in February, he said it would be out in May, but while all the material is written, Launch has now learned that he hasn't even started recording it yet. At this time, he's not expected to hit the studio until January, with a possible release next May, though nothing's set in stone — including the announced title, "Along Came a Spider".
Alice's annual world tour gets underway May 28 in Santiago, Chile, and he's got a U.K. tour in November. North American dates haven't been announced yet.
In related news, Cooper's autobiography, which is called "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'N'Roller's 12 Steps To Becoming A Golf Addict", has been delayed a bit. The book was originally due out May 1, but it will now be available on May 8.
With a title like that, it should be no surprise that Cooper told Launch his game is very strong. "Three handicap, and I play five times a week, and I play really good," he laughed. "Yeah, that's the one thing I can really do, other than Alice Cooper. That surprises people, I think. They just can't believe that Alice Cooper could be a three handicap, but I am." A three handicap means Cooper's score will be three strokes above whatever the course's par is.
Slayer frontman Tom Araya spoke with Australia's Time Off magazine about how the heavy metal band has managed to stick together since the early '80s. "It's still the same, I don't feel any older," Araya said. "Our audience definitely has changed, though. I guess 25 years ago I wasn't selling books at my kid's book fair either, but 25 years ago I wasn't married! I can't say that the thought [of moving on from Slayer] hasn't crossed my mind, but everything takes its course, and you have to allow everything to take its course. I don't know how much longer the course has for us, but everything has to take its turn."
Read the full article at Time Off.
Greek metal band Kinetic'' bassist/singer has posted the following studio update:
Here is Savvas Betinis from KINETIC, I hope you`re fine all! Here are some news from our "Corrosion" full length CD recordings; the guitar-work is at the final stage. We made to build a real cement sound, better than our 1st CD. Hopefully we'll record the vocal parts after the Easter holidays…
"The same time we started preparing our appearance at RockWave Fest, on July 1st. This is a very important show for us, we have to succeed!!
"More information about it, soon. Have a happy Easter holiday and stay tuned.
"Kinetic are scheduled to appear with Anathema / Iced Earth / Dream Theater & Heaven And Hell in Rockwave Festival in front of thousands of hungry metal fans on July 1st.
"We hope to see you there!"
Queens, NY's CAUGHT IN A TRAP are set to unveil their debut album 'Rats Get Fat' on May 22nd. The album was produced by longtime hardcore veteran Don Fury (Madball, Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front) and contains 14 tracks of NYHC "the way its supposed to be." The guys are currently playing some local shows in support of the release and will look to be hitting the road in the summer. You can hear some of their music from their upcoming release on their MySpace page.
Testament "writing rehearsals" got underway the weekend of April 14, 2007. Alex was back east due to shows with the Alex Skolnick Trio. The band leaves for Mexico/South America this week. Yopu can check out some pics from the rehearsals on this MySpace post.
The band previously reported that they had six songs completed earlier in the year. Tracking is scheduled to begin in June.
While today is the release date of Nine Inch Nails' "Year Zero," the band's current guitar player, Jeordie White (formerly known as Twiggy Ramirez from Marilyn Manson), is also a part of Goon Moon who have a May 8 release of "Licker's Last Leg" on Ipecac Records. Goon Moon is Jeordie and Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, Masters of Reality) with guest players including Zach Hill (Hella), Josh Homme (QOTSA), Josh Freese amongst others. Chris also has a busy summer with Queens of the Stone Age's album coming this June.
Finland's AMORAL have issued the following update:
"Amoral is about to film a video for 'Leave Your Dead Behind', the single from the upcoming album Reptile Ride, and wants YOU to participate."
"The shooting will take place at Nosturi, Helsinki on Sunday, May 20th, and audience members should be there around 3 PM. The idea is to do a good-ol’ “band and audience going crazy at a gig” type video, so all moshers, stagedivers and headbangers are especially welcome."
"During that day we’ll also have the first public listening session of Reptile Ride, so if you’re interested to hear the new stuff, even more reasons to show up!" More...
BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART are currently in the studio with GGGarth (ATREYU, TRAPT) recording their Century Media debut, You Wanted The Best, You Got The Blessed: Greatest Hits. The group recently posted a new video report from the studio. Click here to view the clip.
BBABH hails from Montreal, Canada and released one album, All's Fair In Love And War, on Blood & Ink Records in 2004. They did a few tours of North America with The Devil Wears Prada and A Day To Remember and played to sold-out crowds in the UK with Enter Shakari.
Click here to check out some new music and pictures of their new lineup.
Norway's ARCTURUS have updated their website with the following message:
"A lot of rumours have been going around after our gig in Melbourne.
Simen (Hestnaes, aka ICS Vortex) opened the concert with the words 'Welcome to the last Arcturus show ever.' This is a decision we made some time ago. We all have a lot of things going on in our carreers and our lives, and therefore cannot find the time to continue working with this band.
We are humble and grateful to all the people that have supported and loved us over the years."
Canadian progressive death outfit INTO ETERNITY has been confirmed for a month-long summer U.S. tour alongside the legendary DREAM THEATER. The trek, which kicks off in late July, is the opportunity the group has been waiting for since their inception, and a perfect chance to reach a new, open-minded audience that has yet to bear witness to their perfect blend of technicality, memorable songwriting and traditional heavy metal.
Commented Tim Roth (guitars, vocals): "I still can't believe I'm going to be saying this, but we are blown away to be going on tour with DREAM THEATER! There would be no INTO ETERNITY, without DT's influence on our music. The progressive sound that we have comes directly from them. There is no question that they are one of our favorite bands of all time!
"A huge thanks to Mike Portnoy for going to bat and getting us on this tour. It will be interesting to leave the clubs for one tour and get back into large venues again. We hope that the loyal DT fan base will be cool to us as a support act. We also can't wait to meet the REDEMPTION guys. FATES WARNING was also an influence on our sound." More...
Long-running German thrashers DESTRUCTION have lined up the following dates:
May 11 - Essen, Germany - Turock
May 12 - Nancy, Pagney, France - Chez Paulette (with INSANE)
May 14 - Toulouse, France - Havana Cafe (with SABATON, THUNDERBOLT)
May 15 - Irun, Spain - Tunk
May 16 - Vigo, Spain - Sala A
May 17 - Gijon, Spain - Sala Albeniz
May 18 - El Prat de Llobregat, Spain - Metal Circus Fest - La Capsa
May 19 - Murcia, Spain - El Nuevo Garaje de la Tia Maria
May 20 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo y Compás
DIMMU BORGIR's latest studio album, "In Sorte Diaboli," is available for streaming in its entirety on MP3.com for seven days prior to the album's North American street date of April 24th.
Teaming up once again with producer Fredrik Nordström (Opeth, Arch Enemy, At The Gates) at the new Studio Fredman in Hyssna, Sweden, "In Sorte Diaboli" is DIMMU BORGIR's first concept album and a treatise on modern day political and social abuses of organized religion. An epic tale set in medieval Europe, this first-person account of an acolyte is told through his own journal entries, depicting his personal struggle with the teachings of the church. Experiencing a life-altering epiphany, he abandons the church completely, and his spiritual victory is won through his rejection of the concept of god.
The band recently announced their headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada with Unearth from Massachusetts, California's Devildriver, and Canada's Kataklysm, which begins Friday, April 20th in Cleveland, Ohio.
In Sorte Diaboli will be available for streaming between April 17 and April 23, 2007.
Lye By Mistake and Sender Receiver will be touring together in May. Here are the latest tour dates:
5/3 Bloomington, IL @ Park District
5/4 Michigan @ TBA
5/5 Westland, MI @ Skateland (Bled Fest)
5/6 Indianapolis, IN @ TBA
5/7 Highland, IL @ American Legion Hall
5/8 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
5/9 Joplin, MO @ The Surge
5/10 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge North
5/11 Tulsa, OK @ The Pinkeye
5/12 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Corner
5/13 Amarillo, TX @ House show
5/14 Albuquerque, NM @ TBA
5/15 Canon City, CO @ The FOE
5/16 Denver, CO @ Monkey Mania
5/17 Omaha, NE @ Mosaic Community Center
5/18 Pella, IA @ The Memorial Building
5/19 Mason City, IA @ American Legion Hall
5/20 Minneapolis, MN @ The Toybox
5/21 Duluth, MN @ Peace United Church
5/22 Westbend, WI @ Jansen Park
5/23 Lyons, WI @ Lyons Town Hall
5/24 Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights of Columbus
5/25 Boone, IA @ Boone Theater
AS I LAY DYING will be heading out on the road this May, and will be joined by FAIR TO MIDLAND for a week’s worth of shows:
May 5 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s
May 6 - East Rutherford, NJ @ BAMBOOZLE Festival
May 7 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
May 9 - Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
May 10 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
May 11 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
May 13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
The reunited CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, has announced the addition of Los Angeles native, multi-instrumentalist David "Mavis" Senescu, as the touring guitar player for the band's upcoming shows.
CYNIC's Paul Masvidal (guitar, vocals) first met Mavis while touring as a member of DEATH in support of the classic "Human" album. Paul states, "I gave Mavis my last CYNIC demo at a Whisky show in L.A. The fact that I gave him my last demo copy on tour with DEATH means there was a connection for me and fully explains why we're working with him now. I must have known on some level. Mavis is precise and focused, which is exactly what CYNIC needs."
Mavis is the son of legendary jazz trumpeter Bob Senescu, who was a touring member of the BUDDY RICH BIG BAND. He has also toured with the BEACH BOYS, among others. He was raised listening to Los Angeles' finest studio musicians at work. More...
WINTERSUN guitarist/vocalist Jari Mäenpää (ex-ENSIFERUM) has issued the following update:
"The mix has been cancelled and the release of [the second WINTERSUN album] 'Time' is delayed even more. I'm sorry to disappoint everyone...again, but the album is not gonna be released this year. And unfortunately Nino has the Sonic Pump Studios booked full for this year, so we might have to think of something else.
"Reason for this delay is that, I've set the bar really high on this album, but my equipment isn't even close what I need to work faster. I have to push the gear what I have to the limits to get the best out of them and I have to do a LOT of workarounds which is very time-consuming. Then all the thousand technical problems added into the mix isn't helping. Basically every piece of gear has been broken at one time or another during the making of this album, feels like there's a curse. Takes ages to solve the problems and send the stuff back and forth making the warranty changes. All this has made me very frustrated and uninspired. Hasn't helped with my stress about the deadlines either, slowing me even more. I work the best when I'm happy and lots of times I haven't been. It's been the most difficult record to make in my life. The album is very huge, I don't know if it's gonna fit even in the 74 minutes of a CD. The track count is very high, about 200 tracks per song. So it's almost like two albums in one (or three SLAYER albums :P). But I'm gonna finish this, no matter what. More...
I Scream Records has announced the signing of New York hardcore legends MADBALL for the European territory.
Label owner Laurens Kusters said of the signing: "Over the last few years, we've worked very close with MADBALL on releases such as the 'Resistance Tour DVD Volume 2' and the 'Worldwide Tribute to the Real Oi Compilation'. To be able to work this highly anticipated new full-length, due for release in September 2007, is icing on the cake in this 13th year of business for the label."
I Scream Records, which opened an Los Angeles office in late 2005, is one of the leading European hardcore/punk labels.
Quebec City's dark metallers MOONLYGHT have posted a new song, entitled "Middle", on their MySpace page. The track comes off the group's new album, "Shining", which was recently mastered by Peter in de Betou at Tailor Maid (DIMMU BORGIR, MESHUGGAH, DARK TRANQUILLITY) in Sweden. The new CD will feature 10 tracks and a running time of more than 70 minutes. A release date has not yet been confirmed, but the artwork for the album will follow shortly.
MOONLYGHT re-released its first album, "Progressive Darkness" (originally issued in 2002 on the now-defunct Metal Disk Records), in 2004 via Sweden's Escapi Records.
DARKANE and MACHINE MEN have been confirmed for the ProgPower Scandinavia festival, set to take place November 9-10, 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Just For Fun
In February DAYLIGHT DIES (together with friend Alejandro Nogales) spent a couple weekends making, then bottling, then consuming a third batch of Daylight Dies beer. Other activities included drinking imported absinthe and nearly burning down the backyard of guitarist Barre Gambling. The band documented most of it and threw it together in this four minute video. More...
SHARON OSBOURNE has blasted Queens of The Stone Age frontman JOSH HOMME after he criticised the 2007 free Ozzfest tour for lining the pocket of the headliner and no one else. Speaking to Blender.com, Homme revealed he was approached to perform at the touring festival but declined the offer, stating, "I won't be playing Ozzfest again - they treat the bands like shit." Homme went on to criticise this year's (2007) Ozzfest, where bands are being asked to perform for free. He says, "This year you get to play for free under the guise of, 'We're doing it for the fans!' But it's really for the people who fan Sharon and Ozzy with palm fronds at their house."
Outraged Osbourne has wasted no time in firing back, telling the website, "I hope he gets syphilis and dies. I hope his dick fuckin' falls off so his mother can eat it."
Mark Wrigley of OneMetal.com recently conducted an interview with 36 CRAZYFISTS guitarist Steve Holt. Some excerpts follow:
OneMetal.com: In terms of your current record, Roadrunner decided not to release it in the States, what was the story behind that?
Steve Holt: They had just signed like MEGADETH and HATEBREED, and a bunch of bigger bands from over there, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, and they wanted to wait and put it out this year. We were like, "Nah, that ain't happening," so we went and did a licensing deal with DRT and that allowed it to come out finally in November.
OneMetal.com: But it was still leaked onto the web before hand…
Steve Holt: Yeah, absolutely…
OneMetal.com: Do you think that harmed you at all?
Steve Holt: Yeah, well, it had been out over here [Europe] since June, and it didn't get out over there [USA] 'til November, and we did a bunch of tours over there during that period, and at that point we were just telling people to download it… you know… we don't care. (laughs)
OneMetal.com: So you are quite happy with people downloading, do you think it harms the industry?
Steve Holt: Yeah, yeah, I think it harms the music industry, but it's just the way the business is now, you know. It's not like technology is going to go backwards. It's just the way it works now. It's shows and stuff now where bands can hopefully make a little bit of money (laughs)
OneMetal.com: So you don't think it was a case of Roadrunner losing faith in you ?
Steve Holt: I honestly don't think that Roadrunner America has ever had any faith in us for some reason. It's just the way it is, and I understand that it's a business and you got to make money. We're just a smaller band over there, for the label you know? They got some pretty decent-sized bands over there, and we're lucky enough to make two records on that label just because of the sales expectancy of bands.
OneMetal.com: Yeah, I see, so the new album… it's a bit more melodic. It wasn't because they heard it and, for want of a better word, considered it a sellout?
Steve Holt: No…no, I think Roadrunner America would be the exact opposite, you know, their bands are like NICKELBACK and stuff like that. I mean, if anything they'd be like, "These guys aren't radio enough" or whatever. It'd be like pretty much the opposite to over here. I don't know, I'm not really sure what it is, there are people in the label that like us, but there's no one that really wants to work for us.
OneMetal.com: Do you get any say in it, or do they just tell you that's what's going to happen?
Steve Holt: Well they were kind of just feeding us along, "OK, we'll put it out…" First it was June, then it was end of July, August, September and so on, then they were like "next June." We were like OK, no way, like, we're not going to sit around on a record for a year.
OneMetal.com: Have you ever been star-struck?
Steve Holt: Yeah, but not anymore. But I have, yeah. When I first met Robb Flynn from MACHINE HEAD I was kind of star struck because I was a big MACHINE HEAD fan at the time, and I saw Axl Rose backstage at Download last year which was kind of odd. I was like… meh. I wasn't star struck but I was like… "That's actually him." (laughing) Cos that guy's a piece of work too.
OneMetal.com: I now have to ask you… what's your verdict on the new GUNS N' ROSES?
Steve Holt: Aww, man. I don't even care. That's just a bad deal (laughs)
OneMetal.com: We've already spoken about Joey [from] SLIPKNOT… Is he the nicest person you have come across on the scene?
Steve Holt: No, I don't think so…
OneMetal.com: What, he's a little sh*t?
Steve Holt: (laughing) No, no, he's nice enough. I was pleasantly surprised with Joey, 'cos I had heard stories that he could be a little touchy feely, but he was really cool. All the time I was there he was really nice. He's a really short guy though and like this. (Steve does an extremely amusing impression of playing a tiny drum kit) (laughing) I'm trying to think of who's the nicest… There's been lots of them. Robb, we went on a tour with MACHINE HEAD over in the States, and he was a really nice guy. Surprisingly enough though as again I had heard stories but he turned out really cool as well. Yeah, everyone's been really cool, we haven't had any problems. Everything's just always been cool. We're easy to get along with. So it works out alright.
Read the full article at OneMetal.com.