Metal News for April 26, 2007
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Italian/German gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM will release its sixth album, "Collateral Defect", in Europe on May 25 via Massacre Records (June 5 in North America through Nuclear Blast). The CD was recorded at Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany with producer Andy Classen (DEW-SCENTED, CALLENISH CIRCLE, TANKARD, OCCULT). The follow-up to 2005's "(N)utopia" contains 10 songs and features guest appearances by Maurizio Iacono from KATAKLYSM and Matze from THE SORROW. Check out the cover artwork at this location. More...
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's video for the band's new single, "The Arms of Sorrow", has been posted online at MySpace. According to the casting call sheet, "this video revolves around a man falling from a high-rise building in slow motion and people reacting to it."
"The Arms of Sorrow" comes off the group's new album, "As Daylight Dies", which has sold 235,000 copies in the United States since its November 21 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD is the follow-up to 2004's Grammy-nominated album "The End of Heartache", and 2005's gold-selling DVD "(Set This) World Ablaze".
Bay Area thrashers LIGHT THIS CITY are nearing completion of the band's current tour alongside Horse The Band, The Number 12 Looks Like You and So Many Dynamos. Continuing to tour virtually non-stop since last summer, LIGHT THIS CITY will follow this tour up with a short run alongside labelmates ALL THAT REMAINS up the West Coast as direct support, and follow that up with yet-to-be-confirmed summer touring plans.
The band recently caught up with PureGrainAudio.com earlier in April in Toronto for an interview, and the video of the interview can be seen here. A few excerpts are available below:
On recording the new album:
"The last album and the first album, ' The Hero Cycle ,' I wrote all the music myself because the guitar players we had at the time didn't really want to write or didn't really know how to write," says drummer Ben Murray. "So, I took that all on myself. Since the new album, having Brian and Steve in the band, after ' Remains of the Gods ' came out, it's really stepped up everything. Brian and I wrote a lot of it, and Steve wrote a few things here and there, but I think everyone in the band finally came together....For me, personally, it was a huge step up from the last album."
On the current tour with Horse The Band , The Number 12 Looks Like You and So Many Dynamos :
"It's weird, because this is the first tour, where we didn't know any of the bands beforehand," frontwoman Laura Nichol says. "All our other tours, we've at least played a show or gone on tour with them [the other bands] or something. Everyone's just getting along so well. Their sets are so entertaining; this is probably the most entertaining tour I've ever been on, in terms of watching the other bands' sets."
On the band's recently completed music video :
"You don't expect, when you see music videos, you don't really see it as demanding," guitarist Brian Forbes says. "It's not crazy, hard work, but it's still basically any shot that you're in, you're playing the whole song and you've got to give it your all." With a chuckle he adds, " Yeah, I got shot in the balls, it was pretty hot."
The video, for the track "The Unwelcome Savior," was helmed by director Soren (Unearth) earlier this spring and the video is available on YouTube or below. The band continues to support it's third record, and second for Prosthetic, ' Facing The Thousand ,' which came out in the fall of 2006.
LIGHT THIS CITY tour dates: More...
The following additional bands have been announced for Wacken Open Air 2007:
Ron Johnson, of the metal band Salem’s Wych died at 11:22 a.m. on April 23, 2007 in Lima, Ohio, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Ron was survived by two children, his life companion Cindy Ritchie, a mother, father and a sister.
Salem’s Wych was one of the original 80’s bands along with Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Helstar to usher in a style of metal that went on to later be known as Thrash Metal.
Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have returned with their new album, Fiction, which was released on Century Media Records on April 23rd (Europe). As another sonic appetizer, the band have posted one more song from the album at their MySpace page, check out 'Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)' here.
Furthermore, the band has just returned from their US tour with THE HAUNTED, SCAR SYMMETRY and INTO ETERNITY, and issued the following message on their homepage:
“Just got back home from the tour, which without doubt was our most successful US trek so far. Huge thanks to everyone involved (bands, crew, audience). It was an honour sharing the stage with three of the best bands in the metal scene, and every night was a great experience. The final show in Los Angeles turned out to be a real highlight, with all sort of bizarre and wicked things taking place during the gig. Luckily we had doctors available!" More...
You can listen to a new song from AKERCOCKE entitled “Summon the Antichrist” over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off their upcoming new album, Antichrist, which will be released on May 28th through Earache Records.
More dates have been released for SIX FEET UNDER’s North American tour this Summer with MALEVOLENT CREATION and BELPHEGOR:
June 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 1 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Danish melodic death metal hopefuls PITCHBLACK have posted their video for the song "Angelized" at YouTube.
PITCHBLACK's debut album, "Designed to Dislike", was produced by Steen Mogensen (CORNERSTONE, ex-ROYAL HUNT) and is scheduled for release on May 18 via the German label Limited Access Records.
Formed in late 2002, PITCHBLACK has released two demo tapes thus far: 2003's "No Sympathy Left" and 2004's "PitchBlack Promo 2004".
PITCHBLACK has been confirmed for the Fuck The Commerce X festival, set to take place May 17-19, 2007 in Neiden (near Torgau), Germany.
French metallers LYZANXIA have posted a live version of their song "Path Blade", recorded on March 30, 2007 at Chabada in Angers, France, at this location.
LYZANXIA's video for the song "Unsu" has been posted online at YouTube. The track is the title cut off the French metal band's third full-length album, "Unsu", which was released in September via Listenable Records. The clip was directed by Guillaume Pin, who also worked on videos for "Medulla Need" (LYZANXIA) and "Screams of Dying Dogs" (PHAZE I) and features a very special guest appearance by karate world champion Myriam Szkudlarek, who performs the actual Unsu kata, which the album and track take their name from. More...
Soulfly guitarist, Marc Rizzo, has been added to the following tour dates with Flaw & Switched:
Fri. May 4 - Thunder Down Under - Baltimore, MD (Rizzo only)
Sat. May 5 - Cinco de Mayo Fest @ VFW Terchon - Levittown, PA (Rizzo only)
Fri. May 11 - Ground Zero - Minneapolis, MN (w/ Flaw & Switched)
Sat. May 12 - 3rd Street Live - Cedar Rapids, IA (w/ Flaw & Switched)
Sun. May 13 - The Dry Bean - Madison, WI (w/ Flaw & Switched)
In related news, Marc is putting the final touches on the follow up to his critically acclaimed solo debut “Colossal Myopia”. The album is titled “The Ultimate Devotion” and will be released later this year on Shrapnel Records.
Yesterday, PORCUPINE TREE released their new, Fear of a Blank Planet through Atlantic Records, with a flurry of activity that includes a major U.S. and European tour and a new music video by director Lasse Hoile.
The compelling and cautionary video for the title track of the album has been posted on Fearofablankplanet.com (high resolution) and their Myspace page.The video is directed by acclaimed Danish artist and photographer Lasse Hoile, who also designed the multimedia backgrounds for the tour.
Their tour kicked off April 18 in Glasgow, UK, and arrives in the U.S. on May 8 (Seattle). They will play the new album in its entirety on this tour, material that was embraced by fans when the band debuted it here on a mini-tour last November. Meanwhile, the demand for the band’s music in Europe has literally been overwhelming: Record stores in Europe sold out of the special edition of the CD on the day of release, and copies could be found on eBay selling for hundreds of dollars.
TRASHLIGHT VISION, the band featuring featuring former MURDERDOLLS guitarist Acey Slade, will audition drummers on May 12 in New York City. According to the group, "The ideal drummer would be influenced by Bret Reed, Chuck Biscuits, Adam Carson, Clem Burke, Dave Grohl, Tommy Lee, and Shannon Larkin. TRASHLIGHT VISION's influences are: THE RAMONES, DEAD KENNEDYS, GUNS N' ROSES, THE DAMNED, old MÖTLEY CRÜE, BOWIE, AGENT ORANGE, THE CULT, THE BRIEFS, MISFITS, SOCIAL D., THE WILDHEARTS, THE BRONX, and REFUSED. In short, we are the punk band the rockers can drink to or the rock band that punks can slam to. A visual drummer, with chops, gear, and a good fuckin' attitude a must! Interested parties should NOT contact the band members, but instead leave a message on the band's MySpace page with the subject 'Drummer'. During this timeframe, TRASHLIGHT VISION will not be missing the two U.S. shows previously booked, or the U.K. tour already booked, and would like their fans to know that they are alive, kicking, and still rockin' like fuck!"
TRASHLIGHT VISION currently has deals in place in the U.S., Japan, and Europe and will record its sophomore effort soon with producer Daniel Rey (MISFITS, RAMONES, D-GENERATION, HELLACOPTERS).