Metal News for April 24, 2005
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COVENANCE is the name of a brand-new band formed by ex-DYING FETUS singer Vince Matthews and former MISERY INDEX members Matt Byers (drums) and Bruce Greig (also ex-DYING FETUS). The group, whose sound is being described as "melodic, brutal death metal" and unlike that of either DYING FETUS or MISERY INDEX, have just completed work on their first demo. An official web site, covenance.com, will contain additional information regarding the band's touring plans.
JAG PANZER and PAINMUSEUM have been confirmed for the Louder Harder Faster festival, set to take place June 3-5 at the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, PA. This will be a unique event for PAINMUSEUM: When drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, HALFORD) was unable to cancel prior engagements for this particular performance, Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, ex-SLAYER, SYSTEMATIC, FORBIDDEN) was called upon to fill in for this one night only. Also performing with PAINMUSEUM will be Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X).
The highlight of the festival will be an extremely rare performance by the classic TESTAMENT lineup of Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass) and Louie Clemente (drums). The weekend of metal mayhem will also include performances by the full original lineup of New York thrash titans NUCLEAR ASSAULT and SPEED\KILL/HATE, featuring members of OVERKILL.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
Revelation Records has announced plans for an upcoming compilation release entitled "Generations: A Hardcore Compilation." The release will feature exclusive tracks by the following bands:
Go It Alone
Keep It Up
Down To Nothing
All of the material has been completed and the compilation will hit stores on August 2nd.
Initial dates for the upcoming Bane tour, with support from Evergreen Terrace, Cursed, and Verse, have been set. Here are the tour dates:
6/14 Atlanta GA @ The Masquerade
6/15 Nashville TN @ The Muse
6/16 Memphis TN @ The Complex w/ That Was Then
6/17 St. Louis MO @ Creep Crawl
6/18 Rock Island IL @ UAW Hall
6/19 West Dundee IL @ Clearwater
6/20 Minneapolis MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
6/25 Seattle WA @ El Corazon
6/27 San Francisco CA @ Pound SF
6/28 Los Angeles CA @ The Troubador
6/29 San Diego CA @ The Epicenter
6/30 Anaheim CA @ Chain Reaction
7/1 Las Vegas NV @ Roadhouse Casino
7/2 Tempe AZ @ Club House Music Hall
7/4 Denver CO @ Rock Island
7/5 Kansas City MO @ El Torreon
7/7 Detroit MI @ Alvin's
7/8 Cleveland OH @ Peabody's Downunder
Michael Tierney (a.k.a. Jaymz Lennfield) of METALLICA/BEATLES cover band BEATALLICA recently spoke to AdrenalinFanzine.com about receiving help from METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich in their dispute with the Sony Corporation over BEATALLICA's "unlawful use" of the group's compositions "without authorization or license." A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:
AdrenalinFanzine.com: I know that Lars came to your aid when Sony sent BEATALLICA a "cease and desist" letter to stop the spread of you music online, What kinds of advice did he give?
Michael Tierney: "His advice was really more encouragement and being willing to direct us to the right folks to talk to. He offered up the services of METALLICA's attorney, Peter Paterno. Both of them have been just great to us. We've actually received good advice and have a whole bunch of new knowledge thanks to a seminar at Harvard University we just did. All those lawyers surrounded by musicians makes for great conversation and discussion of the issues the recording industry finds itself in today. Things like downloading, the Internet as a whole, file sharing, technology, and more..." More...
Read the full article at Adrenalin Fanzine.
Dates have been solidified for the upcoming Agnostic Front, Full Blown Chaos, and Champion tour. Here you go:
5/14 Minneapolis MN @ Triple Rock Club
5/15 Omaha NE @ The Ranch Bowl
5/16 Denver CO @ Bluebird Theatre
5/18 Lawrence KS @ The Bottleneck
5/19 Sauget IL @ Pop's
5/20 Milwaukee WI @ The Rave 2
5/21 Louisville KY @ Headliners
5/22 Chicago IL @ The Metro
5/23 Detroit MI @ Alvin's
5/25 Pittsburgh PA @ Rex Theatre
5/26 Buffalo NY @ Icon
5/27 Hamilton ON @ Underground
5/28 London ON @ Call The Office
5/29 Toronto ON @ Funhaus
5/30 Montreal QC @ Salle Sallaberry
5/31 Quebec City QC @ L'Anti
6/1 Bucksport ME @ The Kave
6/2 Manchester NH @ Bomb Shelter
6/3 Providence RI @ Living Room
6/4 Allentown PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
6/5 New Haven CT @ Toad's Place
6/7 Erie PA @ Forward Hall
6/8 Baltimore MD @ Ottobar
6/9 Philadelphia PA @ The Trocadero
6/10 Poughkeepsie NY @ The Chance
6/12 New York NY @ CBGB's
Society's Finest, Anam Cara, War Of Ages, and Twelve Gauge Valentine will be touring in late-May and June. The tour will help raise money for friend Billie Messer, who recently died of leukemia. More dates will be announced, but here's the latest:
5/21 Longview TX @ studio 2000 Tattoos
5/29 Lubbock TX @ one9 Skatepark
5/31 Houston TX @ Rhythm Room
6/3 Nashville TX @ Rocketown
6/4 Birmingham AL @ The Shma
6/6 Tampa FL @ The Orpheum
6/13 West Columbia SC @ New Brookland Tavern
6/16 Waxall PA @ The Burning Bush Cafe
6/17 Brooklyn Park MD @ Resurection Lutheran Church
6/19 Springfield MA @ Lighthouse Christian Center
6/20 Edinboro PA @ The Hangout
6/23 Grand Rapids MI @ Skelletones
6/26 Rockford IL @ The Frontline
6/28 Des Moines IA @ The House Of Bricks
Darkest Hour will be playing three dates on this years Warped Tour on the "Smart Punk" stage. The three dates are as follows:
August 13 - New York, NY @ Randall's Island
August 14 - Englishtown, NJ @ Old Bridge Township Raceway
August 15 - Northhampton, MA @ Three County Fairgrounds
Friday, April 1st, the Misfits played the Starland Ballroom. The line-up consisted of Dez from Black Flag on guitar, Marky Ramone of the world famous Ramones on drums, and, of course, the AMAZING Jerry Only on bass! Besides playing many Misfits hits, the set also included, "Rise Up" from Black Flag and hits from the Ramones such as, "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Sheena's a Punk Rocker". I STILL can't believe I was able to hear all these amazing songs! NEVER, would I have imagined to hear Misfits, Ramones, and a Black Flag song all in one night! Everyone went crazy for the three legends and if they EVER come to a town near you, CHECK IT OUT!!
Besides the amazing headliners, the openers weren't too bad either, Divinity Destroyed, an amazing Jersey band helped create some insanity with their own unique style of technical drums and innovative break downs.
One act that did disappoint though was, The Killing Machine, another local band that was basically a bunch of 40 year old body builders trying to pull off, what seemed to be, a bad cover of a cross between Godsmack, Alince in Chains, and Black Label Society.
Overall, the show was EXCELLENT, and, as stated before, I strongly recommend checking out the Misfits with the amazing Jerry Only, the world famous Marky Ramone, and the superb Dez from Black Flag.
Himsa are to do their first US headlining tour this summer with Scars of Tomorrow, The Agony Scene, and The Esoteric. The tour is being called the "Dirty Black Summer" tour. The tour starts June 12th in Portland, OR and ends July 24th in Seattle, WA.
Himsa will be doing a benefit show with Owen Hart, Killing the Dream, and The Answer June 11th in Seattle, WA at The Paradox.
Suffocation/Cryptopsy/Cephalic Carnage/Aborted and others will be doing a fall tour with Cattle Decapitation, With Passion, and Vader as supporting acts. Dates are as follows:
October 6 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
October 7 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
October 11 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (w/ Cattle Decapitation)
October 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
October 13 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk (w/ With Passion)
October 14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
October 15 - Portland, OR @ Meow Meow
October 16 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
October 17 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar Night Club (w/ With Passion)
October 20 - Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse (w/ With Passion)
October 21 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlight (w/ With Passion)
October 22 - Regina, SK @ Riddel Center (w/ With Passion)
October 23 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Roxy (w/ With Passion)
October 24 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret (w/ With Passion)
October 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
October 28 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
October 29 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House (w/ With Passion)
October 30 - Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall (w/ With Passion)
October 31 - Royun-Noranda, QC @ Petit Theatre Du Vieux Noranda (w/ Vader, With Passion)
November 1 - Chicoutimi, QC @ Poly Laure Conan (w/ Vader, With Passion)
November 2 - Rimouski, QC @ Le Coudee (w/ Vader, With Passion)
November 3 - Quebec City, QC @ L' Imperial (w/ Vader, With Passion)
November 4 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley (w/ Vader, With Passion)
November 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx (w/ Vader, Decapitated, Ecliptic)
November 7 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club (w/ Vader, Decapitated, Dew-Scented)
Cradle of Filth will be touring the US for a short time in June. Dates, supporting acts, and venues to be announced.
Arch Enemy and In Flames will be doing shows on their off days on Ozzfest this year. Dates to be announced as they become available.
ADEMA bassist Dave DeRoo recently spoke to Digital-Noise.net about the departure of singer Marky Chavez and the group's recently released CD, "Planets". A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:
Digital-Noise.net: Tell me a little bit about what happened with Marky. It kind of seemed like his leaving the band was abrupt to outsiders. What happened with that whole situation?
Dave DeRoo: "It was a little abrupt, but actually in reality, it'd probably been a long time coming. The band had gradually drifted apart from Marky. Right after we finished the 'Unstable' record, there were some things that took place that kind of took place that kind of soured our relationship with Marky. He's got some personal problems that he's had for a long time, which I really don't want to go into because it wouldn't be fair to him. He just has some problems. We toured for all of 2003 behind 'Unstable'. We had a good time, and had some cool tours. Actually Mikey [Ransom, guitar] and Mark weren't talking the majority of that year. They really weren't getting a long at all. And so Mike quit the band subsequently at the end of 2003, around September. We toured for another couple of months as a four piece. We got home in December and found out actually about two weeks before we came out we found out we were being dropped from Arista. That was a week after L.A. Reid had left. He's who signed us to the label. About half the people at Arista got fired or moved on to other record labels. It was kind of a shitty way to end a shitty year (laughs). Everyone kind of dealt with that differently. We came home in December 2003 for the holidays. Took about a month off and around February we got together and started writing new songs and we probably had 12 songs written musically. And Marky only had maybe three songs. He only had lyrics to three songs and we weren't really happy with that or with his lyrics. He expressed that he wasn't really interested in touring with the band anymore. We had a couple opportunities to tour and make some money and things that were coming up. And basically when things got tough he basically quit. We kind of just viewed that as we can do one of two things, we can just wrap this whole thing up or we can start a whole new thing and have a fresh start. There's just so many fans who have been supportive of this band over the years that to me, we would be pretty un-rock-and-roll and we'd be pretty big pussies if we just curled up and died because two guys didn't want to do it anymore. I think our fans deserve better than that. The three of us wanted to go out and play. We love the road and we love our fans. We wanted to keep this thing going. As soon as we met Luke [Caraciolli], it's like we're having fun playing music again. It's like finding a missing puzzle piece. It's cool. It's a good time. It feels like we did when we had the first ADEMA record. Before we hit the road with that record. We were excited to play live and excited to spend some time with our fans."
Digital-Noise.net: Where did you guys find Luke and what drew you to him as a vocalist to this band? More...
Read the full article at Digital Noise.
CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Adrian Erlandsson (ex-AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED) has uploaded a rare 1994 demo recording from TERROR, a short-lived studio project featuring Erlandsson, Anders Björler (guitar; THE HAUNTED, ex-AT THE GATES), Jonas Björler (bass; THE HAUNTED, ex-AT THE GATES) and Jon Nödtveit (vocals; DISSECTION). The three-song demo was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Commented Erlandsson, "We had a excellent time writing and recording these tracks in two days." You can download the songs "Radiation", "Destruction" and "Terror" here.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward has slammed the group's vocalist, Eric A.K., for "being such a colossal prick" and not attending a band rehearsal in "almost eight years."
In an April 20 post to the group's message board, A.K. wrote, "I still love FLOTSAM with all my being, but I can't put my life on hold anymore. So I will do as much as I can to keep us in your ears, eyes, and minds. FLOTSAM is still not paying ME anything, but as long as whoever is doing band business is making money, I guess I should lay down and take it. 25 years nothing has changed. Paying someone for making phone calls is stupid. Anyway, the band is not broken up. The new album is kick-ass, and you will hear from us soon. Live shows are really tough to pull off, unless they are in Phoenix. But I will try my best. Thanx for being true hardcore fans."
Writing in response to Eric's statement, Ward posted the following message on Thursday (April 21) to the group's message board:
"Well, I am surely suprised by that last statement. Once again, we can't seem to keep A.K. from communicating to us by any other means than the public one, so ... if that's what you want, man…
"First off, pull your dress up and stop pretending you don't make money in this band. You don't show up unless you do — that is, unless you book a show. In fact, you make as much, and sometimes more [than the rest of us], depending on how much whining is involved. Last record you made as much as we did and then we added a bit more to keep your vehicle running. Do you remember that? Then after months of tour planning, you came here to say your wife won't let you go on tour anymore. To say we lost money and time and some of our dignity to try and save the tour is an understatement when you add the fact that you spent zero time actually rehearsing with us as we wrote 'My God' . More...
Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM will enter the studio on May 2 to begin recording their fourth CD, tentatively due in late 2005 via Dynamic Arts Records.
SILENTIUM, who recently announced the addition of vocalist Riina Rinkinen and returning drummer Jari Ojala to the group's ranks, released their third album, "Sufferion - Hamartia of Prudence", in 2003 through Spikefarm Records. Produced by NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen, the CD was recorded at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland and featured a guest appearance by former LULLACRY and current SOULGRIND frontwoman Tanja Kemppainen.
Blood And Ink Records' BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART, having recently recorded a new 3 song demo, released a new track online. Entitled "Carry On," the song sees the band pushing even further into their '80s influence while still maintaining a tight hardcore sound. You can listen to the new song, "Carry On" online here.
The Gathering's sessions/concerts that will take place in Paradiso on May 23 will be recorded for a DVD, entitled "A Sound Relief," scheduled to be released at the end of summer 2005. The DVD will focus on the more easier songs of 15 years the Gathering. The band plans on working on a more rock-oriented concert DVD in 2006, called "A Noise Severe." In between both releases the Gathering will work on a new album.
King Diamond suffered more vocal problems in New York last night as the legend was performing at BB Kings for the second night in a row. His first show on Tuesday (19th) was "rough" in terms of vocals according to BW&BK sources. Prior to last night's performance, King hit the stage before the show and told the crowd, "Anybody who wants a refund can do so as I won't be able to do the falsetto tonight." The show's promoter comes on and says the same, although most fans stay. The King Diamond set was quite different and the band were joined by a female vocalist in the wings (visible, not highlighted) who handled all the high parts while King struggled through an abbreviated set. More news on King Diamond's condition as it develops.
Finnish melodic power metallers Thunderstone will release their third full-length album, "Tools of Destruction," in the U.S. on June 28. An MP3 file containing a sample medley of the songs from the CD can be downloaded at this location.
Thunderstone's video for the track "Tool Of The Devil" has been made available for download at this location (Quicktime, 30 MB). The clip was shot with director Jari Mutikainen and producer Jan Streng.
"Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (Stratovarius) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne.
Thunderstone's sophomore album, "The Burning," entered the Finnish Album chart at position No. 17 upon its release in January 2004. The follow-up to 2002's "Thunderstone" was recorded at Sonic Pump studios with producer Laurenne and was mixed at Finnvox studios with Mikko Karmila (Nightwish, Children of Bodom). Included on the CD is a guest appearance by Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo in the track "Drawn To The Flame."
Swedish metallers the Duskfall have posted the following studio update on their official web site:
More news from Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden. Antti [Lindholm, guitar] is almost done with the bass, three more songs and he's done will all 10 songs. Kai [Jaakkola] will start the vocal session tomorrow. We will get more clips and footage from their sessions on Friday. In the meantime, you can watch a clip of Oskar [Karlsson, drums] shredding the guitars on the 'ballad song'. Light a candle and click here for the clip!
The Duskfall have set "Lifetime Supply Of Guilt" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in September. The follow-up to 2003's »Source« is being produced by Daniel Bergstrand, who has previously worked with In Flames, Meshuggah and Stuck Mojo, among others.
The Duskfall recently parted ways with bassist Kaj Molin. The band have yet to announce a replacement.
Swedish thrash metal outfit Carnal Forge have confirmed a couple of shows for May and July 2005. The band is currently writing new material for their upcoming album.
Upcoming Carnal Forge tour dates:
May 01 UK - London @ The Underworld
May 02 UK – Edinburgh @ The Subway
May 03 UK - Nottingham @ Rock City
May 05 DE - Luckau @ Fuck the Commerce
May 13 SE – Stockholm @ Club Aggression
May 28 SE – Sandviken @ Rockklubben
Jul. 09 NL - @ Thrash To The Core
Jul. 15 A - @ Kaltenbach Open Air
In other news, the band has posted the following message on their official website regarding the title for Children of Bodom's next album:
Children of bodom has ckosen to use almost the same title for their up coming album as our latest album... don't they have google in Finland?
Avenged Sevenfold, who have just finished working on their new album, have put up an MP3 of their new song. The song is entitled "Beast and the Harlot" click here to download the song and also take a look at their cover artwork on their upcoming cd, City of Evil, due on June 6th, on Warner Brothers Records.