Metal News for April 2, 2007
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24 news articles posted on this day.
The Hypocrisy/Abyss frontman talks about the new Pain album "Psalms Of Extinction," how it differs from previous albums, the guest musicians on the album and of course, a tour of the legendary Abyss Studios where everyone from Marduk, to Setherial, Dimmu Borgir and Immortal have created masterpieces. You can watch the video interview here.
The Chariot's new album, "The Fiancee" hit stores on Tuesday, April 3 but you can check out a brand new song off the new album called "And Shot Each Other" at the band's PureVolume page.
In related news, The Chariot will be on hand for a special in-store performance at Volume CD Exchange in Chesapeake, Virginia on April 13th from 2-4 PM.
Volume CD Exchange - Greenbrier
1220 Greenbrier Pkwy #110
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(Right Next to Harris Teeter)
Type O Negative frontman Pete Steele has revealed the problems he faced whilst serving jail time in 2005. He was imprisoned for the assault of a love rival and threatening to kill him and admits his size was the only thing that made him feel safe behind bars.
As he divulged to Revolver magazine, "To be white in jail and to have long black hair and fangs is not an advantage. I was in maximum security, and there were some pretty scary people in there who are never gonna get out, so they had nothing to lose by f**king with me. Fortunately, I'm six-foot eight (inches) and I weigh 260 pounds, so I'm not exactly a target."
He adds that following his jail term, family pressure ensured he would also spend time in a mental health institute. "I was suffering from drug-induced psychosis, and I was doing some pretty insane things, like putting cameras in light switches and in shower heads. All the paranoia was because of all the cocaine I was doing."
The band’s new album ‘Dead Again’ is out now on SPV.
A high quality version of a new Guns N Roses song has been leaked on to the internet. Guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal claims that the track, which the band premiered at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, was in fact not the album version but an old demo, dispelling rumours that it was a fake.
The track is due to be on the new Guns N’ Roses album ‘Chinese Democracy’ which was due for release a decade ago, but is tentatively expected any day now.
The band are due to appear this summer in Japan, South Africa, Thailand, Mexico and Australia.
Fast rising UK band RISE TO ADDICTION will release their debut album 'A New Shade Of Black For The Soul' through Mausoleum Records on 14th May 2007 in the UK and 18th May in the rest of Europe.
The album was recorded at Backstage Studios and The Cell in England during 2006.The tracking was handled by Rise To Addiction while the final mix and production was completed by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Megadeth).
The full track listing is:
A New Shade
Moth To A Flame
Falling As One
One Sweet Minute
To A God Unknown
The cover artwork and sleeve design has been completed by the bands guitarist John Slater.
Always willing to push their musical boundaries, Rise To Addiction enlisted the help of avant-garde pianist Mike Garson on one of the songs. Mike, who is known for his work with greats such as David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails, wrote and recorded the piano interlude for the song 'Fessonia'.
Commenting on the recording, vocalist Leigh Oates said that “We’ve really pushed the envelope on this album, it’s been a long time in the making and we’re all beyond proud of the end result."
Speaking about Mike Garson's involvement guitarist John Slater added "I've been a massive fan of Mike's ever since I heard his work on David Bowies' Aladdin Sane and to have him play on this album is just fantastic! I can't wait for you all to hear it!"
Rise To Addiction will tour in support of the release. They have been confirmed as special guests to legendary Chicago doom metal band TROUBLE on their forthcoming European tour in May. The bands full tour schedule is as follows: More...
Poison The Well have posted their forthcoming Ferret Records debut Versions in its entirety online. The long-awaited follow-up to 2003's You Come Before You is scheduled to hit stores April 3. You can check out the album stream on the band's MySpace.
"Hang Love," the third album by BURNING BRIDES, has been moved to a June 19 release date (not April 24 as was previously announced). The album was produced by guitarist/vocalist Dimitri Coats and follows the Brides' 2004 critically-acclaimed "Leave No Ashes."
"Hang Love" will be released on the independent Modart imprint with distribution through Caroline/EMI. Said Coats, "We may be one of the few bands doing it right now, but this is the way the future is going to be. We own the masters, we dictate how and when we do things, we take the risks."
The band - Coats, his real-life bride bassist Melanie Coats, and new drummer Pete Beeman (Guzzard), teamed up last fall with engineer Mathias Schneeberger (Joseph Arthur, St. Vitus, Mark Lanegan) and recorded the album over a six-week period at Schneeberger's Arcadia, CA studio.
"We knew we had to make up for lost time and come out with the best Brides album yet," confides Dimitri. "'Hang Love' is by far our heaviest album and the best example of what and who we are. Our band is all about opposites, we've always been into merging horror and humor with beauty and hope."
The album explodes with the first track, "Ring Around the Rosary," its religious imagery mixed with some wicked metal. "Waring Street" is written from the perspective of a serial killer loose in L.A.'s exclusive Hancock Park area, "Unglued" is for anyone who has lost someone they loved, and "Feel No Shame," has a Black Sabbath-meets-ZZ Top feel. "She Comes To Me," considered by Dimitri to be the record's centerpiece, was written as a prayer to "please come back" when he and Melanie were broken up for a time.
Burning Brides released its first album in 2001, "Fall of the Plastic Empire," made for $5000 in a motorcycle garage in Philadelphia, and earned its fair of share of comparisons to Nirvana's "Bleach." The band gained a reputation for being great live, became a buzz band and found themselves in a huge bidding war. Dimitri recalls, "We were the last of the unknown bands to get a million dollar record deal." "Leave No Ashes," produced by George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes, Tom Petty), was released in 2004, and received great press. Despite the initial success, the band was jettisoned from its record label, suffered drug problems, personal and professional splits; then reconciliation, a move to Los Angeles, marriage, a new drummer, and a fresh start.
CANNIBAL CORPSE’s bassist, Alex Webster will be appearing on HATE ETERNAL’s new album.
Webster’s appearance on HATE ETERNAL’s new album, is the result of the recent departure of the band’s bassist, Randy Piro Jr.
“I am very excited to be participating in the recording of Hate Eternal's next album. Erik [Rutan] is an amazing guitarist and songwriter, and one of my best friends.” comments bassist, Alex Webster “As bassist for the new album, I will do my best to make the strongest contribution possible to a band that has already proven itself to be at the highest level of brutality and musicianship".
Both Webster and HATE ETERNAL vocalist and guitarist, Erik Rutan have had a close working relationship prior to working on HATE ETERNAL’s upcoming album (due October 2007). Rutan produced CANNIBAL CORPSE’s latest album, Kill (March, 2006)
CANNIBAL CORPSE’s Kill debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at number 170.
“This record needs and deserves the best and I think Alex is the best bass player I know. He is
one of my best friends and know that Jared would be proud to have Alex be a part of Hate Eternal history” enthuses Rutan “He was my first bass player in Hate Eternal when I started and am proud to have him back as a part of it.”
HATE ETERNAL’s new album is due October 2007.
Daath apparently experienced a lot of violence on their winter tour with Goatwhore, the Acacia Strain and Job for a Cowboy and are wary looking ahead to Ozzfest. Here are some excerpts from an MTV article:
"I don't like getting into fights — it's not what I'm into," he said. "But that last tour was so crazy, as far as violence goes, I just figure we've got to be ready. ... After this last tour ... I mean, there were fights every single night. One night, there were nine fights — nine f---ing bloody fights."
During one gig, Levi said, an audience member tried to attack frontman Sean Farber after he drenched the crowd with water.
"I guess some dude didn't like it, and he told us to stop — in the middle of a song, mind you," the guitarist recalled. "First of all, we're not going to stop. Secondly, how do you expect a band to hear that? So he charged the stage and spit in Sean's face. Sean saw him rushing towards the stage and hit him in the face with his microphone. After the show, the dude jumped our merch guy because he thought it was Sean. So let's just say I'm going to be ready next time."
The article also shares this interesting bit of background on the band that I certainly did not know:
Daath — which translates to "knowledge" in Hebrew — released their Roadrunner Records debut, The Hinderers, March 20. The Atlanta act's material is heavily influenced by Da'at and Kabbalah, although the band does not identify a direct religious affiliation in its music. Daath explore esoteric themes associated with the Qabalistic Tree of Life and Death — a mystical-belief system that describes imbalances in areas of the brain — and use it as a framework for psychological exploration, Levi said.
THE RED CHORD are currently in the studio, working on their upcoming album that is due out August 2007.
The band have just announced they will be hitting the road for the first time in 2007 on a headlining US tour, supported by THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DESPISED ICON, ALL SHALL PERISH, SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY and GENGHIS TRON.
"This summer marks our first full US headlining tour since the release of Clients. The tour is five bands, all on different labels bringing their own styles, identities and sounds to the table to make this run into the biggest and best experience it can be for all involved, especially the kids coming to check it out." Says frontman Guy Kozowyk "It is an honor and a pleasure to have Through the Eyes of the Dead, Despised Icon, All Shall Perish, See You Next Tuesday and Genghis Tron (only for three days - but three days of Genghis Tron is better than no Genghis Tron, right?) on this tour. We look forward to seeing you all on the road this summer!"
Tour dates follow: More...
After having little of interest for some time (in metal), AOL Music has some full CD streams of this week's releases including:
Sacramento metal-heroes Will Haven will release their new album "Hierophant" on June 19th in the United States through Bieler Bros. Records, with its UK release to set for one day earlier. Heralded by band guitarist Jeff Irwin as "By far the best stuff we have ever done." and featuring production by Shaun Lopez(Far/ Revolution Smile) and Deftones' vocalist Chino Moreno, "Hierophant" will be Will Haven's first release since 2001's critically acclaimed "Carpe Diem".
Following the release of "Carpe Diem", Will Haven seemed primed for the spotlight as the band headlined venues in the United States and Europe alike, adorned metal magazine covers and was tagged "Saviors Of Rock Music" by UK music-press powerhouse "Kerrang!". Then, without warning the band announced they would be going on indefinite hiatus. That hiatus would last until 2006 when amidst much speculation Will Haven returned with a co-headline tour of the UK with Crowbar and a subsequent record deal with fast rising indie label powerhouse Bieler Bros. Records. More...
Light This City post the following update:
"Hey, everyone. Unfortunately, on our last tour, Steve notified us that he would be leaving LIGHT THIS CITY after the Horse the Band tour. We are definitely bummed about this, but it has come to a point where he feels he needs to personally and musically move in another direction. We respect his wishes completely and thank him wholeheartedly for his time in LIGHT THIS CITY. He is an amazing guy and an even better guitar player! This only means one thing: we need a new guitar player! These are the requirements we are looking for:
-Must be between the ages of 18 and 25
-Preferably should have some touring experience, and be prepared to spend a lot of time on the road.
-Must have professional equipment
-Must live in the Bay Area, California, or be willing to relocate.
-Must be extremely comfortable playing thrash/melodic death metal.
We will be having tryouts when we get back in May in the Bay Area. Anyone who is interested should learn the songs “Exile” and “Cradle for a King,” which are on our MySpace page. Please email us at email@example.com with the heading “Guitar Player” if you are interested. Anyone outside of the Bay Area, feel free to record yourselves playing these songs and send us the videos! Hope to hear from some of you soon. Stay metal.
- Light This City"
Austrian extreme black/death metal outfit BELPHEGOR has issued the following update:
"BELPHEGOR needs a new drummer! ...again! The last one didn't work out when it came to worldwide touring, so we're still looking for a talented drummer, for somebody with a professional attitude and focus to be in the band for real. If you think you have a shot, send us a detailed message/photo/mp3 and hit us up at: firstname.lastname@example.org."
Commented vocalist/guitarist Helmuth: "First off, please realize that it will have no effect at all on our activities, touring and plans. The core is solid and ready to kick some serious ass. Of course it's irritating to always have new drummers, it's really hard to find dedicated musicians who are willing to work. It is and always was the masterplan of BELPHEGOR to grow as musicians and heighten the intensity/dynamics. Still, it doesn't affect our way of working, as Sigurd and me always were/are responsible for all the music, lyrics and concepts for BELPHEGOR. On the contrary, that allowed us to surpass BELPHEGOR every time — because of the fresh blood in the band, you know — through the hiring of better musicians. I always consider that as a challange to push the BELPHEGOR forward — stagnation means death!"
For more information, visit www.belphegor.at.
Swedish black metallers MARDUK have announced the following dates for September:
Sept. 07 - Warschau, Poland @ Progresja
Sept. 08 - Poznan, Poland @ Eskulap
Sept. 09 - Wroclaw, Poland @ Madness
Sept. 10 - Krakow, Poland @ Loch Ness
Sept. 12 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Exit Chmelnice
Sept. 13 - Vienna, Austria @ Planet Music
Sept. 14 - Pecs, Hungary @ Jugendhaus
Sept. 15 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Club KSET
Sept. 16 - Sarajevo, Bosnia @ Dom Mladih
Sept. 17 - Belgrade, Serbia @ SKC
Sept. 18 - Skopje, Macedonia @ Youth Cultural Center
Sept. 19 - Athens, Greece @ An Club
Sept. 20 - Thessaloniki, Greece @ Mylos Xylourgeio
Sept. 21 - Sofia, Bulgaria @ Sredec Hall
Sept. 22 - Bucharest, Romania @ Sala Preoteasa
BLEEDING THROUGH's new video, "Line in the Sand", will make its exclusive debut on Music Choice On Demand next month! The cable channel, which specializes in video-on-demand service and is available in over 20 million homes, will exclusively broadcast the video April 16 through April 22.
"Line in the Sand" is the third video from BLEEDING THROUGH's latest album, "The Truth". The album was called one of the year's "most important" heavy metal releases by Billboard and garnered the band the covers of Outburn and Metal Edge. The video was directed by Dan Dobi (CANNIBAL CORPSE, PARAMORE).
"We love the other videos from this album but they were more story-driven," points out singer Brandan Schieppati. "This song is dark, moody and very emotional, it's the ballad on the album, and we wanted a more performance-based clip to capture that vibe. Dan did an incredible job!" More...
In conjunction with San Francisco based melodic death metal band Sol Asunder, Metalunderground.com has posted an exclusive track, entitled "The Element" on Metal Underground.com’s MySpace page to promote their current album, "Horribly Human." You can listen to the track exclusively on our MySpace page for the next month - starting today - so head over now and check it out.
Sol Asunder are currently in preproduction for their 2nd full-length album. Their self-produced debut album, "Horribly Human," was self-released in August 2006.
To hear additional music from Sol Asunder, check out their MySpace page here.
A video clip of Finnish metallers NORTHER performing the song "C.U.S." at Gloria in Helsinki last month is available at this location (Windows Media).
"C.U.S." comes off NORTHER's latest release, the "No Way Back" EP, which entered the national single chart in the band's home country at position No. 1. A teaser medley for the EP can be found at this location.
NORTHER's video for the song "Frozen Angel" has been posted online at this location (MPG file, 41 MB). The track is featured on the soundtrack to the new Finnish film "V2: Jäätynyt Enkeli", which was released in Finland on January 5 via King Foo Entertainment. Also appearing on the soundtrack are AMORPHIS, KOTIPELTO and THUNDERSTONE, among other artists.
Finnish black metallers CATAMENIA check in with the following news:
Catamenia released their Bringing The Cold To Poland live DVD, in November in Europe and worldwide earlier this year via Metal Mind Productions.
The set was recorded and performed at Stodola Club, Warsaw, Poland. More...
A video of GOATWHORE performing the track "Blood Guilt Eucharist" at Magic City Music Hall in Binghamton, NY last November during the band's tour with CELTIC FROST has been posted online at the Underground Video Television web site.
GOATWHORE recently embarked on another North American tour with 1349, NACHTMYSTIUM and AVERSE SEFIRA. In May GOATWHORE will head to Europe as part of "The Excess Of Evil" tour, also featuring MARDUK, ENSLAVED, KEEP OF KALESSIN, MELECHESH and PANTHEON I.
BEYOND MORTAL DREAMS now have a full line up with their newest "hell harpist" - Bloodspawn - joining Doomsayer, Hellaeon and Ghuul.
Upcoming Beyond Mortal Dreams shows include a local musical armageddon at the Lizard Lounge on April 28th in their hometown of Adelaide and then a show on May 23rd as the support act for Nile and Decapitated in Adelaide.
The band then plans to record an album due out later this year, with an Aussie tour followed to help push the release.
Grind legends Pig Destroyer have finished recording, at Omega Studios (BAD BRAINS) in Rockville, MD, the follow-up to 2004's Terrifyer. Phantom Limb was produced by guitarist/producer Scott Hull, and is to be released internationally on June 18th, and on June 12th in North America. Previews of the artwork for the album, which was done by John Baizley (BARONESS, TORCHE), can be viewed at the bands MySpace page, here.
As previously reported, vocalist JR Hayes had the following to say about Phantom Limb: "We're recording to two-inch analog tape, which is really exciting. The drums sound HUGE, and the guitar tones are really nasty and aggressive. Brian's been on top of his game all year, busting out easily the fastest blast beats I've ever seen him play. As usual, Scott's written a whole arsenal of scalding riffs, but I feel like he really outdid himself with the arrangements on this record. The songs feel great and we've been having a load of fun playing them for the last five months. It's the 14 most deranged metal songs we could make up, so get ready to sink your f*cking teeth in."
The finalised tracklisting for Phantom Limb is as follows:
01. Rotten Yellow
02. Jupiter's Eye
04. Thought Crime Spree
05. Cemetery Road
06. Lesser Animal
07. Phantom Limb
09. Heathen Temple
10. Fourth Degree Burns
12. Girl In The Slayer Jacket
13. Waist Deep In Ash
14. The Machette Twins
Having done the April Fools thing for four years in a row now - this year makes five - it's getting kind of tough to fool you guys. As each of the previous four years, we devoted April 1 this year only to posting fake/gag stories (so as to not confuse anyone more than necessary). I enjoy doing this each year as a break from the usual news and hope that some of you have enjoyed it as well.
I think I was a little too obvious with the My Chemical Romance on Ozzfest post first thing in the morning. :-) If you happened to fall for any of them, then we apologize. If you weren't tricked, then hopefully you were still entertained. If you missed the stories, you can still read them all here. (Note the date on each story, however, to determine which ones are April Fools stories.)
You can also check out our archives for past years' April Fools articles:
- 2006 Metal Underground April Fools gags
- 2005 Metal Underground April Fools gags
- 2004 Metal Underground April Fools gags
- 2003 Metal Underground April Fools gags
Perhaps next year, the Metalunderground.com veterans can wait for some newbies to bite before calling out "April Fools" :-)
We now return to our regularly scheduled programming of Real MetalTM news. Thanks for reading.
PS - no offense is meant to either the people or bands discussed in the April Fools stories or to those whom we've attributed fake quotes. As is often the case in life, the bands we like most are the ones that get "picked on" in these stories.
PPS - except My Chemical Romance.