Metal News for April 28, 2007
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23 news articles posted on this day.
Long-running Finnish death/thrash metallers PHLEGETHON have just released a new two-song demo, entitled "Lava Poetry". Both tracks — "The Unreal Locations of the Period of Stones" and "Petrified Hermits" — are available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
PHLEGETHON will have their first two demos — 1989's "Visio Dei Beatifica" and 1990's "Neutral Forest" — packaged together with their 2006 effort "Totems Within" on a special CD release, entitled "Visions from the Forestside", due later in the year via Xtreem Music. The disc will comes with a "cool" booklet, including pictures and a few words about the golden era of death metal by the bandmembers themselves.
Long-running Australian metallers DREADNAUGHT will play their first show back in Melbourne since supporting thrash legends TESTAMENT in February.
With a tour of the northern hemisphere set for early 2008, and pre-production on a new album release now underway, the 'NAUGHT are busting to show their home crowd a sample of what the new album will be made of.
Joining the 'NAUGHT at The Arthouse on May 26 will be high-octane rock legends JEDWHITEY, FROM HELL and Adelaide's own BLISTERED PALMS. More...
On Tuesday, April 10, I made my first trip to Baltimore's Ram's Head Live to catch the Jagermeister Music Tour, featuring Stone Sour, Shadows Fall, and Lacuna Coil. This lineup is one of the most promising metal lineups since the Fall 2005 tour, when Disturbed headlined with support from Corrosion of Conformity, bloodsimple and A Dozen Furies. With the least heavy bands headlining on both that tour and the present one, it's still a far cry form the days when Slayer headlined. But the tour was clearly designed to once again be a metal tour, but also draw in a comparable crowd to its more mainstream rock line-ups. More...
Syracuse hardcore legends Earth Crisis will be playing a handful of European shows to celebrate their reunion. Here are the tour dates:
6/22 Clisson, France @ Hellfest
6/23 London, UK @ Islington Carling Academy
6/24 Herne, Germany @ Pressure Festival
6/26 München, Germany @ Backstage
6/28 Antwerpen, Belgium @ Hof Ter Loo / TBC
6/29 Roitzschjora, Germany @ With Full Force Festival
Tennessee's The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza are currently looking for someone to replace departing drummer Mason Crooks. Here's the official word from the band:
"You must be willing to relocate, previous band experience and professional gear is a must as is a willingness to tour at least 6 months out of the year. Mason will record drums for Danza's upcoming Black Market Activities debut and fill in until the band finds a replacement. He also will work with drummers the band feels are suitable. If you are serious please contact the band here on Myspace."
French death metallers BENIGHTED are expected to complete work on their new album by the end of August. A mid-October release through Osmose Productions is planned.
The new album may be issued as a DualDisc, featuring an entire live performance and much more.
The band are also currently booking dates for a French tour. Stay tuned for further updates.
Osmose has issued the following update in regards to Finnish extreme black metallers IMPALED NAZARENE:
"The band is actively working on the new album Manifest, which will be recorded this summer. In the meantime Impaled Nazarene is working to set up a complete North American tour for October/November, 2007. Also, the Rapture album re-release + bonus will see the light on June 4th, 2007."
Swedish black metallers MÖRKER have uploaded a brand new song at their MySpace page. The recording — which features only drums and guitars — is unmixed and unmastered and can be heard at this location (click on "New Song" in the audio player).
According to the band's official bio, the new era of MÖRKER was launched in late winter of 2004 by Ascaroth (vocals), Larssa (synthesizers) and Grimner (guitar and bass). They started to write songs for their first demo, "Den Sista Utfärden", which was released in April 2005. The demo was later issued as a MCD by the German label Northern Silence Productions, and it was also released on tape by two different labels. A full-length album, "Skuggornas Rike", was recorded February-April 2006 and was released last July on Northern Silence Productions.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have lined up the following summer tour dates:
Jul. 03 - Voronej, Russia @ 100 Streams
Jul. 04 - Saratov, Russia @ Vostok
Jul. 05 - Moscow, Russia @ Apelsin Club
Jul. 06 - Mortegliano (Udine), Italy @ Festa in Tenda
Jul. 07 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands @Waldrock Festival
Jul. 21 - Sourbridge, MA @ ADC Performance Center
Jul. 14 - Sayreville, NJ @ Sounds of the Underground
Jul. 19 - Rieden, Germany @ Earthshaker Fest
Aug. 17 - Oulu, Finland @ Jalometalli Festival
Aug. 18 - Notodden, Norway @ Metal Heart Fest
Aug. 19 - Goteborg, Sweden @ [to be announced]
Aug. 21 - Kolding, Denmark @ Godset
Aug. 22 - Antwerpen, Belgium @ Hof Ter Lo
Aug. 23 - Deventer, Holland @ Burgerweeshuis
Aug. 24 - Bergen, Norway @ Hole in the Sky - Bergen Metal Fest
Aug. 25 - Gemunden, Germany @ Up From The Ground Open Air Fest
Aug. 31 - Rimini, Italy @ Velvet
Sep. 01 - Palmaggio-Casserta, Italy @ Route to Hell Fest More...
Mutiny have updated on their recording situation via their Myspace blog:
Legacy Recording Studios in NYC is where we'll be recording our 4 song EP in late May, early June, with producer Ryan Kelly. Once finished, our press kits will be sent to record labels around the world.
2 new live videos from our latest show can be found at youtube.com/MutinyMetal
The next show is this Saturday, May 5th on The Saints & Sinners Stage at 11:30AM for The Bamboozle at Giants Stadium. For a line-up of bands playing that day, go to TheBamboozle.com.
Our headlining show on May 13th at Hamilton St. Cafe & Stage in Bound Brook, NJ will be the last show before we prepare to enter the studio.
Death metal veterans MASTER have announced more European tour dates. The band will play 35 gigs from May 11 to June 24. Support bands for select shows on the trek include SNIPER, THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT, INACTIVE MESSIAH, WHISPER X, BESTIAR, and EVILE.
For the complete listing of upcoming MASTER tour dates, click here.
Displeased Records recently announced that it will reissue the first two MASTER albums this fall. The group's full-length debut, "Master", will be released "the way it was meant to be," with the original untriggered drum recordings and including all guitar solos (some were missing on the Nuclear Blast version). "On the 7th day God Created Master" will include "some nice extras" as well. Both albums will be remastered for optimal experience. More...
According to LiveNation.co.uk, TOOL will play two shows in London, England at the end of August. The band is scheduled to perform at the Carling Academy Brixton on August 21-22.
The band, last witnessed in the U.K. in May 2006 when they played two sold-out nights at London's Apollo Theatre, are rumored to be taking part in the the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals, which are slated for August 24-26.
In this age of Internet piracy, CANDLEMASS has sought a small way to combat the growing problem of someone posting an entire album online, pre-release. The initial digi-pak pressing of King Of The Grey Islands will include two additional songs, not given on promotional copies (a typical source of leaks) and thus not (yet) available on copies downloaded. Comments Leif Edling: "The promos went out last week, and as soon as they did, it was available on the net. It happens to us as it does every band, but we are getting fantastic pre-reviews already!! The journalists seem to love the album. We love the way Robert (Lowe/SOLITUDE AETURNUS) sings on the album. The king is dead, long live the king!!"
ALICE COOPER has lined up the following tour dates during the coming months:
May 29 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caopoican
May 31 - Cordoba, Argentina - Estadio Juniors
Jun. 01 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Estadio Luna Park
Jun. 03 - Sao Paolo, Brazil - [To Be Announced]
Jun. 05 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Chevrolet Hall
Jun. 06 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - [To Be Announced]
Jun. 08 - Curitiba, Brazil - Master Hall
Jun. 13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Plaza de Toros
Jun. 14 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Plaza Nuevo Progreso
Jun. 15 - Monterrey, Mexico - Arena
Jun. 21 - Athens, Greece Lycabettus Theatre
Jun. 23 - Huttwil, Switzerland Rock Sound Festival
Jun. 25 - Florence, Italy – [To Be Announced]
Jun. 29 - Borlange, Sweden Peace & Love Festival
Jul. 01 - Bucharest, Romania B'estival
Jul. 06 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
Jul. 07 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
Jul. 08 - Brisbane, Australia - Convention Centre
Jul. 11 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton Theatre
Jul. 13 - Perth, Australia - Burswood Theatre
Jul. 14 - Perth, Australia - Burswood Theatre
Jul. 18 - Wollongong, Australia - WIN Ent Centre
Jul. 19 - Canberra, Australia - AIS Arena
Jul. 21 - Launceston, Australia - Silverdome
Aug. 10 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair
Aug. 17 - Beaver Dam, WI - Dodge County Fair
Aug. 19 - Green Bay, WI - Radisson Three Clans Ballroom
Aug. 31 - Central Wisconsin, WI - Central Wisconsin State Fair
Sep. 14 - Hutchinson, KS - Kansas State Fair
Edison, New Jersey's Mutiny have been rocking in their current line-up since May of 2006. Brandishing everything heavy -- from face melting solos to blast beats, they continue to create their unique brand of technical metal. Nonetheless, Mutiny's sonic output comes back to rest on heavy grooves and melodies.
With an average age of 18, Mutiny have a lifetime in front of them. Even so, they've already played countless shows, with the likes of Danzig, WASP, 3 Inches of Blood, and are moving on to play the Bamboozle Festival alongside My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, and Killswitch Engage.
I caught up with Mutiny for some Chinese food and throwing of a frisbee. What follows is a conversation with all five band members. More...
Sweden's MORIFADE has posted a new song, entitled "Shadeless", at this location.
In a March 2007 online posting, the group wrote, "We have song material enough for an entire full-length album at this point and the only thing missing is money for the studio time and for the release, and that is a record label. If things goes our way, it's not impossible that a new MORIFADE album could be released during 2007 or early 2008, let's just hope!"
MORIFADE last year announced the addition of guitarist Mathias Kamijo to the group's ranks. The band parted ways with guitarist Jesper Johansson in October 2005 due to personal differences. The group is currently unsigned following a split with Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records), the label that issued the band's most recent album, "Domi<>nation".
A video clip of Polish death metal veterans VADER performing a cover of SLAYER's "Raining Blood" Friday night (April 27) at The Gaelic Club in Sydney, Australia has been posted online at HailMetal.Com (free registration required). Photos from the gig can be found here.
VADER entered Hertz Studio in Poland on March 15 to re-record 25 of the best songs from their entire discography for a 25th anniversary release, to be issued in 2008. The set will also include a DVD containing tons of bonus features, such as archival recordings, live shows, video clips and other special material.
Vicious Circle have issued the following update:
"We just posted our video for "Live Long And Suffer" on our Video Section of our MySpace site and also on YouTube.com. So, if any of you missed it while it was on OnDemand Cable/Fuse TV...NOW is you chance to check it out."
"We are presently writing/recording some new material to give a taste of what's coming on our next release and we will post a song or two, when it's finished." More...
PAIN, featuring HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, has updated their 2007 tour schedule. It is now as follows:
12 - Rock Mania Festival - Kitzingen, Germany
18 - CKM NAU - Kiev, Ukraine
20 - B1 Maximum - Moscow, Russia
24 - John Dee - Oslo, Norway
25 - Nojesmagasinet - Kristianstad, Sweden
26 - Satin - Orebro, Sweden
16 - Rabarock Festival - Järvakandi, Finland
30 - Tuska Festival - Helsinki, Finland
1 - With Full Force Festival - Löbnitz, Germany
6 - Ruisrock - Turku, Finland
7 - Pushkin Drive Open Air - St. Petersburg, Russia
14 - Arvika Festival - Arvika, Sweden
27 - Pitea Dansar & Ler - Pitea , Sweden
10 - Brutal Assaul Festival - Jaromer, Czech Republic
17 - Summerbreeze Festival - Dinkelsbühl, Germany
31 - Carinthia Festival - Carinthia, Austria
MY DYING BRIDE’s entire live performance/webcast from Amsterdam, which took place last weekend, is now streaming and archived on Fabchannel’s video archive. This means fans can watch the show whenever they want, as often as you want, for free.
Bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel of reactivated San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB has issued the following update:
"Hey guys, few things changing here on the tour front.
"We've been left with no choice but to carry on the tour without our buds WILL HAVEN. Sorry to all the WILL HAVEN fans that were looking forward to seeing them. We're just as bummed, hopefully they'll sort out their issues and joins us on some of the dates. ANKLA will now be direct support starting May 15, PAIN PRINCIPLE has been added to the entire tour, taking over APIARY's spot, with a local act from every city added to the show.
"We'd like to thank APIARY for being the cool dudes they are. Make sure to keep an ear out for them, they'll be makin alot of noise here this summer... More...
UK metal legends RAVEN have confirmed the following dates this fall in North America:
12 - Sterling Hotel Plaza, Allentown, PA
13 - Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
According to a band update, "Raven is working out the details for a festival gig in the UK for November and possibly more US shows in July. Stay tuned!"
Chicago black metallers USURPER have announced that they will be heading out to Europe once again for a two-week headlining tour. The tour package also includes: NOCTURNAL BREED, THE STONE and DECAYED. The tour starts on October 25th in Hamburg, Germany and ends on November 10th in Berlin, Germany. In other news, the latest company Usurper has inked an endorsement deal with is Dean Markley Strings.