Metal News for April 30, 2005
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27 news articles posted on this day.
MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the band's official message forum:
On Thursday I went up to LA to meet with my management for some important decisions about this summer.
First up was a friendly visit to ESP Guitars and Allen Steelgrave. We talked about the summer in both tours of Euro/UK and the US Gigantour, and how much fun we had doing meet and greets at music stores and that we would like to do some again while out on the road. I also suggested that Glen and I do some guitar clinics, although I have no idea what a clinic is. ESP is also considering being one of the sponsors for Gigantour and we have a really kewl idea that we are working on and will reveal soon.
Next was a meeting with Kevin Flaherty and Stacey Freeman of EMI about the Greatest Hits record "Back to the Start" and the DVD for the bonus package. I am satisfied with the package and have given my approval on everything involved and we are now headed for an official summer release. There are some really rad surprises on this, like I mentioned before, and I hope you like them! More...
Shai Hulud has announced that their upcoming DVD will be titled Pray Not A Fallen Banner. The effort will feature footage from all stages of the now-defunct band, "from handheld cameras with terrible sound circa 95 to the slick looking and sounding multi-camera footage of 2004 courtesy of our professional friends at 3B Studios." Derek Hess will complete the artwork for the DVD.
Also, producer Zeuss has remastered Shai Hulud's Hearts Once Nourished With Hope and Compassion. According to the band, the record "for the first time sounds like an album someone can be proud of." The album's new artwork and layout are underway, and the album is slated for a late summer or early fall release.
Finally, the updated version of A Profound Hatred Of Man is taking shape and is expected to feature more than just its original tracks. Shai Hulud is working on getting permission from labels to include various tracks that have been used elsewhere throughout the years. "In theory (the album) should have every split, compilation, and tribute track."
In related news, The Warmth Of Red Blood (the new project comprised largely of Shai Hulud members and a yet named vocalist) is continuing work on their demo. After recording the guitars for the songs, the band will add the vocals of two prospective members and make a concrete decision on who will become their singer.
Brainstorm are out with the video to their new single 'All Those Words'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Both It Dies Today and Roses Are Red will be shooting videos with director Darren Doane in May. The Roses Are Red video will be for the song "300 Motion Pictures," while IDT will be doing one for "Severed Ties Yield Severed Heads."
New York City hardcore band Madball has officially signed with Ferret Music. Formed in 1989, the group has released albums with Roadrunner Records and Epitaph Records, among others. Here's a statement from Ferret owner, Carl Severson:
"I remember skating back from Vintage Vinyl in NJ with Mike Olender (future vocalist of Burnt By The Sun) after picking up the first Madball EP on vinyl. I couldn't wait to get home and play it, I've bought every album since and I still feel the same, I can't wait to hear the new album! Ferret is a young, aggressive label and Madball is still a young, aggressive band ready to take over the world."
Madball's new album, "Legacy," will be recorded in May with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Says vocalist Freddy Cricien of the new material: "Personally, I feel like it's our best material. It's still heavy, it's still in your face and talks about real life, but it also has groove and really heavy production."
According to the official CHIMAIRA site, "Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY, CARCASS) has been confirmed to mix the upcoming third CHIMAIRA record which will be simply titled 'Chimaira'. 13 songs have been recorded with only 10 expected to make the final tracklisting. The album is set for an August 2 release date through Roadrunner Records."
Richardson has previously worked with the band on their last album 'The Impossibility of Reason' as well as their DVD 'The Dehumanizing Process'. A list of all of Richardson's past projects can be found here.
Bane's new album, The Note will be in stores on May 17th. To give you a little more of a taste for the album, we're going to be premiering one new song every few days from now until the release date on their Pure Volume site. Head there now to check out the songs "Don't Go" and "Pot Committed". Keep checking back daily to hear more new tracks.
Bane will be playing a series of cd release shows in the end of May with Weerd Science and Suicide File.
Hardcore legends Sick Of It All are currently finishing up the writing process for their next album. At this point the group has written over a dozen new songs and hope to enter the studio in late-August. The album will not however be released by Fat Wreck Chords as the group has announced their departure from the label, stating:
"We'll be making a move to another label that promises to support our releases with a new level of hype and public awareness! I can't name the label yet because we haven't officially signed, but we're so close that not only can I taste it, but I'm fully confident in their commitment. We're all really excited about this move."
Look for the new album to be available in early-2006.
Waterdown will play the following UK shows:
June 26 - Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
June 27 - London Astoria (with Pennywise and Stretch Armstrong)
June 28 - Manchester Academy 28 (with Pennywise and Stretch Armstrong)
June 29 - Kingston Peel (with The Hurt Process and Dopamine)
German thrashers Dew Scented will film their performance on November 19 at the Metal Meeting XVIII festival in Ludwigshafen, Germany for their first-ever live DVD, tentatively due in early 2006.
As previously reported, Dew Scented have set "Issue VI" as the title of their new album, due in Europe on June 20. North American and Japanese release dates have not yet been announced.
The follow-up to 2003's "Impact," "Issue VI" was recorded at Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany with producer Andy Classen (Callenish Circle, Tankard, Occult). Classen, who produced the previous Dew Scented albums "Inwards" (2002) and "Impact," "did an outstanding job once again and definitely managed to deliver his best production (for us, at least...) ever! We look forward to sharing these new songs with everybody!" the band writes on their web site.
Former the Crown vocalist Johan Lindstrand has posted the following message on the web site of his current project, One Man Army and the Undead Quartet.
The machine is starting to get warm, oh yeah! Things are really taking shape faster than expected.
We are now done with the pre-production of the six last tracks that will end up on the debut album, so I hope you can count to 12, 'cause that's how many songs the debut will include. And we do already have the title and the cover art finished for it but we will not reveal it just yet. It's not time yet.
Some other great news is that there will be an official release of "When Hatred Comes to Life." But on this official version there will be four songs. This will be released via Nuclear Blast on a limited underground edition only, and only via Nuclear Blast mailorder catalogue. The date is set for May 16. It will be sold as a package with CD and shirt and very cheap so watch out for it. Only 250 copies will be for sale.
One Man Army and the Undead Quartet is:
Johan Lindstrand (Ex-the Crown) - Vocals
Valle Adzic (Impious) - Bass
Mikael Lagerblad – Lead Guitar
Pekka Kiviaho – Rhythm Guitar
Marek Dobrowolski (Reclusion) – Drums
German metal legends Accept played their very first reunion show in St. Petersburg, Russia on Monday, April 25.
The group's set list looked – according to unconfirmed internet reports - as follows:
02. Living For Tonight
03. London Leatherboys
04. Metal Heart
05. Love Child
07. Bass Solo / Head Over Heels
08. Neon Nights
09. Guitar Solo: Bolero / Sabre Dance / Hall Of The Mountain King / Pomp And Circumstance
10. Medley: Restless And Wild / Son Of A Bitch
11. Turn Me On
12. TV War
14. Flash Rockin' Man
15. Fast As A Shark
16. Princess Of The Dawn
17. Winter Dreams
18. Balls To Tha Wall
The official Nightwish "beer," which was sold last year at Kitee's (Nightwish's hometown in Eastern Finland) K-Market Kupiainen shop and from Kitee's Kievari restaurant, has now been made available in Germany, according to a posting on the group's web site.
The lager-type beer, which is brewed by Pirkanmaan Uusi Panimo (PUP), features a label that says "A Megabueno Cerveza" and includes a Nightwish photo. You can now purchase the beer from the following "cult" store in St. Pauli, Hamburg:
Tel. #: +49-40-380 196 96
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian posted the following message earlier today on the band's official web site:
First day of rehearsal and it's already tight.Any worries I had as to what it would sound like were assuaged (did I spell that fancy word correctly? It's 2:14 AM and I just got back from drinking with Frankie [Bello, bass] and Izzy Z and my Washburn compatriots David and Kevin) by today's jam at Charlie's house. Spitz [Dan, guitar] plays the leads note for note. He should, right? He played them on the records. Sounds great. It's just different to hear them like that. Joey [Belladonna] sings more aggressively then he did 13 years ago. His energy is killer. We are playing songs we have never done. We're also playing stuff we did maybe once in '86 or '87. I won't give them away now. You'll know a few of them after Detroit on Friday but that's not all we've got up our sleeve. We're going to bust out the rarities all throughout the tour.
I know I've been lax on the Alpha Mail front. This break between South America and the reunion was a well needed respite and now I feel recharged and ornery. I'll keep ya'll in the loop. Loads of pics from today to post in the next few days.
I can't wait for this weekend. Detroit is going to be a crazy night. No excuse, not even Harpo's, to come out and bang your head like it's 1987... 'Cause it's going to be!!
Chicago will be sick. 'Nuff said. I hope to see some of you faithful board bangers there.
Dublin will be as good as the Guiness at the Bruxelles pub (maybe it's crap to you if you're from there, but to me it rules).
Glasgow. I have very high expectations for the Barrows. Spread the word. Manfosh rules.
Dynamo will be huge.
More U.S. dates coming soon.
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following update at the band's official website:
In preparation for Saturday’s big metalfest in Göteborg, we will do a signing session at CD-Specialisten on Kungsgatan on Friday, April 29th, at 6:00pm.
Speaking of metalfests, the gigs last week went absolutely fantastic! More people than ever before, and what I think was the best crowd we have ever had in Switzerland and Germany made this a great, great tour opening. Thanks to everyone who was there – especially Aneete, Leopard, Nemesis and Lord Helmchen from the HF forum – for the great response and terrific times!
The Icebreaker Festivals will be concluded with the Scandinavium gig in a few days, and then the “normal” touring will commence. That means we have two weeks to catch our breath before the flight to Japan leaves. By the way, two of the Mexican shows have switched dates. The venues are the same, but we’ll be in Mexico City on May 26th and in Monterrey on May 29th. Sadly, Twisted Sister has decided to cancel their Brazilian tour. I was so looking forward to this, as they are one of the most influential bands of all time for me personally.
If you took pictures of our set during the Icebreaker Festivals, feel free to send them to email@example.com so we can put them up in a gallery here on the site.
The Agony Scene's video for "Prey" has been made available at the following links:
The Agony Scene The Darkest Red in stores May 24th.
Jubilant with news of the band's "The Worst Is Yet To Come" video now being up at the following links:
Well, the news gets better: Still Remains' "Of Love And Lunacy" - which streets this coming Tuesday (5/03) - can now be heard in its entirety at MP3.com.
Expect the unexpected when the New Jersey-based quintet Agents of Man unleash their stunning debut album, "Count Your Blessings," on June 14th. The album was produced at Purple Light Studios with acclaimed producer Mike Barilie (Candiria, 40 Below Summer), and is an extremely dynamic offering that can easily appeal to any audience.
The group recently shot a video for the track “Death of Me” with acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Fear Factory, Hatebreed, Dillinger Escape Plan); look for it to make its network debut in June. Click here to check out some photos from the shoot. Composed of former members of such acclaimed hardcore acts as Bulldoze, One 4 One and Train of Thought, and with a new rock-solid lineup recently completed by bassist Mike Couls (Sworn Enemy, Cold As Life), the group are more determined now than ever before.
Couls further conveys his excitement over the upcoming release and new video: “Things are getting busy as we gear up for the release of our debut record. The video should be completed in about two weeks, and we are very excited to see the finished product. Be sure to visit our newly designed website www.agentsofman.com for all upcoming tour dates and current events. To all of our supporters, we can’t thank you enough and we truly appreciate it. To the newcomers who haven’t yet heard of us, keep an open mind and let the music speak for itself. We look forward to seeing you all soon.”
Agents of Man spent years honing their craft by combining a stunning blend of underground and pop culture alike, which evolved into a brilliant fusion of catchy and melodic yet aggressive music that can’t easily be categorized. This is a young, energetic group that has forged an exciting and fresh new sound that knows no limitations.
Download “Death of Me” and look for the band on tour all year long.
June 10th-11th will mark the return of the nationally acclaimed 'Dwell in Darkness' festival that is set to bring a dark cloud over the city of Dayton, Ohio for two straight days. In a waning metal scene, SMNnews.com in conjunction with JagerMeister, and The End Records will be breathing new life back into Dayton, Ohio for a two day metal extravaganza that will feature a myriad of international, national, regional, and local bands.
The 2 days of pure metal fury will be unleashed at Elbos, a premiere Dayton venue that will be housing most diverse festival that North America has to offer. Located in the heart of the "Oregon District", Elbos features an outdoor patio, pool tables, vendorville and merch areas, and a full bar.
Headlining Day One (June 10th) of Dwell in Darkness II, all the way from Norway will be Century Media Records' mighty Extol. The band will be performing in support of their May 3rd release "Blueprint Dives" as they trek across North America. Co-headlining with Extol will be Listenable Records' road-warriors Incantation who will be making a special one-off appearance before heading out on a full US tour with Hate Eternal. Like a turd in your easter basket, Friday's lineup wouldn't be complete without the almighty grindcore quartet of Circle of Dead Children. Day one of terror continues with the addition of the incredibly brutal black metal stalwarts Summon, regional powerhouses Estuary, and Cleopatra Records artists Wehrwolfe. Also flying in from Norway to make a rare one off US performance, will be up and coming death metallers Judas Goat. Fusing the best of the mid-west and east coast with a flavorful touch of European metal delight, June 10th is set to make metal history in Dayton, Ohio. Throcult will also be making there way across a few states to debut some new material for all to see and hear. On top of that…preparing to send a bold, powerful statement to their local metal community, rounding out the day's lineup will be Blackmetal.com artists Sin Origin, regionals Black Trinity and Skullcap, New York's Fecal Corpse, Kansas Metal Awards winners Evermourn, Kentucky's Day I Dread, West Virginia's Premature Burial, and locals Elusive Travel.
If Friday wasn't enough - prepare for the unstoppable lineup of Saturday (June 11th)…Headlining the 2nd day of this amazing event will be the insane, intense, musical powerhouses who recently inked a deal with TVT Records and go by the name of Bobaflex. Known for their brutal live show, and onstage intensity, the band will be taking time out of the studio to headline this prestigious Ohio event - so start preparing yourself. Adding to the tally of the east coast's biggest names in rock and metal that will be appearing at Dwell in Darkness II is Artemis Records' Dog Fashion Disco. DFD will be making a special one off appearance to take to the stage in Dayton, Ohio as they continue to work on their major label debut. Century Media's finest Canadian act, progressive-melodic-death metallers Into Eternity as well as one of Nuclear Blast Records latest signings All Shall Perish will be storming the front, part of an all out main stage Ohioan aural assault.
Also diverging away from their regular touring schedule, from the white-hot West Coast label, Prosthetic Records (Lamb of God, All that Remains, Himsa, etc.), will be one of West Virginia's most merciless and forthright acts - Byzantine. Alas, what would a true festival be without a bit of female spice? Broadzilla, who have toured the world, will also be stopping by to tear the house down. Jetting over from Illinois, with bottles of Jager in hand, and plenty of free merch, will be Metal Blade Records artists and rock and roll virtuosos the Heavils - expect a set-time full of surprises! The pit doesn't stop there. Upping the ante and flying in from New York City to wreak havoc upon the city of Dayton, a band who will be making their second Dwell in Darkness appearance, is former Century Media/Kingfisher Records hardcore artists 4 in tha Chamber. Also making the trip from the East Coast, a group who has taken to the stage at European Festivals such as Wacken, and have toured relentlessly all over Germany, will be Twisted Tower Dire. Other namesakes rounding out the billing for Saturday, June 11th will be doomsters Avernus, who recently inked a deal with Flood the Earth Records, Lifeforce Records' Hell Within, New York City's Mr. Bungle Fast Eddie, as well as, A Waking Nightmare, The Messiah Complex, Rev. 9, Project 44, Jackalopes, I Died Trying, Morphic Resonance, Splitt, Caje, Lowchain, Ludavico Technique, Seconds from Disaster, Enslaved to Mercy, South Gate, Regiment, Dissonant Hatred, Krimson Reign, Needless Guilt, Rewind, Diskreet, Metaphysical, Woe of Tyrants and Fourty Tour.
This two day phenomenon, that features artists from Ferret Records, Metal Blade Records, Century Media Records, Prosthetic Records, Cleopatra Records, TVT Records, Listenable Records, and Lifeforce Records, with bands coming in from Norway, Pennsylvania, Kansas, West Virginia, California, Illinois, Kentucky, and New York. The show will ONLY cost a mere $15 dollars a day, with two-day passes running for a discounted rate at $27. Bringing in genres of music from all across the world, and from all across the United States, Dwell in Darkness II provides the best in hardcore, metal core, heavy metal, black metal, death metal, doom, industrial, and much, much more all for the cost of a 3 band club show.
There will also be hourly giveaways, raffles, contests, festival shirts, merch booths, autograph sessions with performing artists, vendorville areas, and much, much more. Also on hand to complete your two days of metal will be SMNnews.com and SMN Promotions Staff, who will be flying in to meet and greet fans, and MC the event. Discounted hotels rates are available for traveling parties through the Red Roof Inn in Miamisburg, Ohio @ 937-866-0705 - just mention the group name of 'Dwell'!
More show information is available at: http://dwellindarkness.SMNnews.com.
Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, Slayer and System of a Down are some of the music bands to perform in the festival Festimad 2005, to be held in Cantueña de Fuenlabrada (Madrid) on May 27 and 28. This edition will host the "heaviest" concerts it has ever sheltered.
The organisers expect this year near 60,000 people will attend the event, 20,000 more than in 2004. Furthermore, there will be many novelties in this edition, from a completely new headquarters to running-water WC's and hot-water showers.
Another of the novelties is that instead of a main stage and another smaller, both of them will have the same size one by the other. This nearness will allow a greater comfort for the audience to move from one stage to the other.
According to the organisers, the camping site will be much bigger and "closer from concerts, with a supermarket and food street stalls."
The Friday 27 programme will host Marilyn Manson's new show, as well as the bands Nightwish, The Hives, Wednesday 13 and Muletrain. The heavy metal Californian band Slayer will also perform on that day at the other stage, together with Turbonegro, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Skizoo and Legen Beltza.
The Prodigy will play on the first stage on Saturday 28 with Incubus, Hermano, Mondo Generator and The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster. System of a Down, one of the most creative bands on the North-American hard rock scene will share the stage on Saturday with Fu Manchu, Clutch, Five Horse Johnson and Hamlet.
Acrobatic thrashers Byzantine will release their second disc, "And They Shall Take Up Serpents," on July 12. The album's the follow-up to the West Virginians' 2004 debut, "The Fundamental Component," and was produced by the band with Charles A. Fisher.
The sophomore offering from Philadelphia metalcore grinders A Life Once Lost, "Hunter," will be released on June 28. The album was produced by Rob Caggiano in February at Millbrook Studios in upstate New York.
Heavy-hitting thrash-metal machine A Perfect Murder are close to wrapping up their second record, "Strength Through Vengeance." The album's slated for a July 26 release; it was recorded at Quebec's Wild Studio with Pierre Remillard (Cryptopsy, The End, Voivod).
Subterranean Masquerade, an experimental supergroup featuring members of Novembers Doom and Agalloch, will release their new disc, "Suspended Animation Dreams," on June 21. The album blends elements of extreme metal, urban jazz, folk, classical, world and progressive music and includes the tracks "Wolf Among Sheep" and "Kind of a Blur."
Crisis have started working on new songs with drummer Justin Arman (ex-Society 1), who has previously played with the band as a substitute. The group's last drummer, Ryan Ball, was fired in February and arrested in Pennsylvania on armed-robbery charges shortly thereafter. The new disc should be finished by early next year. In the meantime, Crisis will launch a tour with M.O.D. and Beyond the Embrace on June 8 in Texas.
Metallic hardcore band Between the Buried and Me will enter a studio in their native North Carolina in May with producer Jamie King to record their third album.
Staind's new album "Chapter V" hits stores August 9, and you and a friend have the opportunity to have an exclusive listen to songs off the album while on the tour bus with the band. Submit your name, phone number (cell & home) & a brief description on why you want to be selected, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Title your email the city name where the event near you is located (i.e. Cleveland Staind Listening Party). If you are selected, you will receive an email and/or phone confirmation with the full details. Please note you must live nearby the location of the event and have your own transportation to and from the event. Event times vary, but are usually around 4/5pm. Below are locations where the band will be for these listening events.
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