Metal News for April 4, 2007
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Gorgoroth's Infernus has been released on parole and is now working on new material, both music and lyrics for an upcoming yet-titled album. He is also having meetings with King and Gaahl for possible future touring etc. More info coming up soon.
In related news, Gorgoroth have been confirmed for a couple of festivals so far for this summer:
Gorgoroth has been confirmed for the Brutal Assault Festival, set to take place August 10 in Jaromer (130 km east of Prague), Czech Republic. For more information, visit www.brutalassault.edgedesign.cz
Gorgoroth will also perform at the Hammerslag Festival warmup gig to be held at Støperiet in Tønsberg, Norway on July 20th 2007. Visit www.hammerslagfestival.net for more details.
Bruce Lamont, frontman of Chicago's YAKUZA, recently sat down with forward-thinking webzine Sonic Frontiers to discuss YAKUZA's forthcoming release, 'Transmutations.' Having completed all tracking for the record with producer Sanford Parker (Pelican, Minsk, Rwake), 'Transmutations,' the follow-up to 2006's 'Samsara,' is currently slated for a fall release through Prosthetic Records.
A few excerpts from the interview, available in full at Sonic Frontiers, follow:
On the album's title:
"Transmutation is the conversion of one object into another, more or less transforming a base element or an idea into something of extraordinary value. We attempt this through our writing and performing, taking something as basic as sounds, moods, etc and transform these into something beyond that, something that will affect the listener on a much deeper level."
On guest appearances on 'Transmutations':
"This time around, we wanted to focus on ourselves a bit more. We did have jazz percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang come in to do some overdubs. That stuff sounds great."
YAKUZA will continue previewing new material live April 8 with Genghis Tron and labelmates KYLESA as well when the band supports Goatwhore on April 20.
YAKUZA on tour:
4/08 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (with Genghis Tron, Kylesa)
4/20 Milwaukee, WI – Vnuk’s (with Goatwhore)
Veteran heavy metal band WINTERS BANE will record an EP this month with their new lineup: Lou St. Paul - guitars, Jeff Sheeler - vocals, Jeff Curenton - drums, and Bryan Morris - bass. The EP will feature four tracks, including a reworking of 'Dark Paradise' from their Girth album, as well as three songs from Winters Bane's unreleased Season Of Brutality album: 'Hate Spilled Over', 'Deadman Walking', and 'Brink Of Destruction' (Season Of Brutality" was recorded in 1995 and was going to be the follow-up to their classic Heart Of A Killer - which featured former JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH/BEYOND FEAR singer Tim "Ripper" Owens - release, but the album was shelved). The band will soon be selling this limited edition EP at their concerts and on their web sites, www.wintersbane.net and www.myspace.com/wintersbane.
Sublife Productions has announced the signing of CHAIN COLLECTOR, the Norwegian band featuring guitarist Gøran Bomann (CARPATHIAN FOREST), drummer Anders Kobro (CARPATHIAN FOREST, GREEN CARNATION, LAST CALL INC), guitarist Kjell Jacobsen (NEON GOD) and vocalist Kjetil Nordhus (TRAIL OF TEARS, GREEN CARNATION).
CHAIN COLLECTOR released a very well-received debut album through Sound Riot/Massacre Records and will enter Dub studio (BLOOD RED THRONE, CARPATHIAN FOREST, GREEN CARNATION, SCARIOT, COMMUNIC, etc.) in May to record the follow-up effort. The group has also announced that Runar Hansen, formerly of TRAIL OF TEARS, has been added as its new second guitarist.
After four successful albums and several tours with bands like MANOWAR, DIO, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, U.D.O., ICED EARTH and NEVERMORE, Swedish heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE are back with their long-awaited comeback masterpiece, "Emotional Coma", due out on June 15 in Europe through AFM Records. The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION).
Commented Chriss: "We are extremely proud and honored to be a part of such a great label as AFM Records. AFM is home to many great bands and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of that roster. It feels great to work with a label staff that understands our music and goals. We are looking forward to a long and successful cooperation."
According to a press release, "Emotional Coma" is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS), Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN).
Commented Markus Wosgien, A&R of AFM Records: "The new record is heavy metal at its finest. It shows the band from another side, less progressive, more straight and metal. If you are into the old gods like SAXON, JUDAS PRIEST or ACCEPT — you will love this unique and high-class record, which is a new beginning in the history of this amazing band."
Here is the "Emotional Coma" track listing:
01. Cult of Denial
02. The Arsonist
03. Emotional Coma (feat. Glen Drover)
04. Clones of Fate
05. The Edge of the Razor (feat. Bruce Kulick)
06. Toxication Rave
08. Bloodstained Soil
10. Hatred's My Fuel
11. Sorcerers (ANGEL WITCH cover)
12. Ring of Stupidity (bonus track for Japan and digipak)
CHRISTIAN DEATH have signed to Season of Mist and will deliver their epic new album, "American Inquisition"this year. The album will feature male and female duet style vocals, rare and exotic ethnic instruments, both child and adult choirs. Though it will be a concept album containing the band's typical artistic protests, it's actually upbeat.
CHRISTIAN DEATH will tour to promote "American Inquisition" next autumn, "hopefully in some of the very same venues frequented by the kind folks that brought the band the former French and Spanish Inquisitions, where you can still smell the blood and still hear the screams" the release states.
Canadian thrashers EXCITER have confirmed their first live show with new singer Kenny "MetalMouth" Winter at The
Reverb in Toronto, Ontario on August 18. The event is being dubbed the Glory Through Steel concert series.
As previously reported, Exciter are no longer with Osmose Productions and are shopping around for a new deal for their upcoming album, Thrash Speed Burn. Exciter's last studio release was 2004's New Testament - Coven Of Re-Recorded Classics, which was released by Osmose Productions.
MEGADETH has announced several U.K./Ireland dates surrounding the band's Download Festival appearance in early June. The group's European schedule is now shaping up as follows:
June 01 - Nürnberg, Germany @ Rock Im Park
June 02 - Roeselare, Belgium @ Schwung Festival
June 03 - Nürburgring, Germany @ Rock Am Ring
June 05 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
June 07 - Tampere, Finland @ Sauna Open Air
June 08 - Derbyshire, UK @ Download Festival
June 10 - Dublin, Ireland @ Ambassador Theatre
June 12 - Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland Ballroom
June 13 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
June 14 - Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
June 16 - London, UK @ Astoria
June 17 - Biddinghuizen, Holland @ Fields Of Rock Festival
June 19 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
June 20 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Festhalle Durlach
June 22 - Zaragoza, Spain @ Monsters Of Rock
June 24 - Clisson, France @ Hellfest
June 26 - Rijssen, Holland @ Lucky & Co
June 27 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Volkhaus
June 28 - Vienna, Austria @ Arena
June 30 - Milan, Italy @ Gods Of Metal All
Long-running German death metallers OBSCENITY have announced the addition of bassist Gregor to the group's ranks. Gregor will make his live debut with the band on April 21 at the Metal Inferno Festival in Paderborn, Germany.
OBSCENITY's seventh CD, "Where Sinners Bleed", was released last year through Armageddon Music. The follow-up to 2002's "Cold Blooded Murder" was recorded at Soundlodge studio in Rhauderfehn, Germany.
OBSCENITY was previously signed to Morbid Records, which issued four of the band's albums, ending with "Cold Blooded Murder".
ODIOUS MORTEM issue the following update:
"Due to a couple of bands dropping out, ODIOUS MORTEM have been added to the Maryland Deathfest line-up. The fest will be held in Baltimore, MD during Memorial Day Weekend and is the best death metal and grind music fest held here in the United States. Also making an appearance at this years fest is GOROD. This will mark the bands first appearance ever in the United States as well."
Los Angeles area hardcore-influenced death metal band CREMATORIUM is seeking a second guitar player.
-all around knowledge of your instrument (although we aren't orchestra composers or anything)
-Decent flow of income for help with merch and such
-Solid Gear (or enough money to buy some via our endorsers)
-Tons of heart and dedication with the desire and ability to TOUR.
WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR:
If you fit this, email me with title CREMATORIUM GUITAR PLAYER. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE.
Taylor / Crematorium
In other news, CREMATORIUM has been confirmed as one of the support bands for the Los Angeles-area shows on the forthcoming Mayhem tour in July along with fellow L.A. metallers Intronaut. Currently writing new material, CREMATORIUM is hard at work in Los Angeles working on the follow-up to 'The Process of Endtime,' released in 2005 through Prosthetic Records.
CREMATORIUM on tour:
7/17 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Club
718 Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Orange County, CA-based band THROWDOWN will headline the Ernie Ball stage all summer long on this year's Vans Warped Tour.
"We did about five dates on the Ernie Ball stage last year and we were really happy with how amazing they were," said singer Dave Peters. "A lot of our fans turned out last year and even more people stopped at our stage when they were walking by, with their churro or whatever, much like you would on the freeway if you saw a truck full of reality TV stars on fire. . . This year's Warped bill is the best I've ever seen and we couldn't be happier to be a part of it."
This year, the band is back on Ernie Ball for the entire run.
THROWDOWN is currently recording its new album, "Venom & Tears", in Los Angeles with producer Mudrock (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, GODSMACK). Due later this year, the CD "will prove to be the most aggressive and thrilling metal album in a very long time, adding new depth to the sound that drove 2005's 'Vendetta' and 2003's 'Haymaker'," according to a press release.
In addition to their dates on this summer's OZZFest tour, whey will play the second stage alongside HATEBREED, BEHEMOTH, MONDO GENERATOR, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO and THE SHOWDOWN, NILE have announced the following "off-date" gigs with CHTHONIC:
29 - Lawrence, KS at Bottleneck
21 - New York, NY at B.B. King Blues Club (+ SKINLESS)
Nile's last album, Annihilation Of The Wicked was issued in May, 2005 through Relpase. Stay tuned for further updates on the band's next album.
In other live news, the band will tour Australia in May with support from DECAPITATED.
Rivalry Records has officially signed Rhode Island hardcore band Soul Control. The label comments:
"Playing heavy, driving, rhythmic hardcore influenced by Bad Brains, Burn, Bane, 108, Strife, Quicksand, this band is a reflection of a time when hardcore had much more compassion, awareness, and accountability."
The group's new 7" will be available on May 15th, while a split 7" with I Rise and another 7" EP will follow. Rivalry will then release a ten-song CD featuring the tracks from all releases.
108 has announced the release of a limited edition cd featuring 7 brand new songs, two covers recorded in 1996 and an alternate version of an old song. Each CD is numbered through 1,008. A limited amount will be sold on their upcoming European tour and the rest through mailorder at www.weare108.com. The track listing is as follows:
1 - Angel Strike Man
2 - Repeat
3 - Ashes/Dust
4 - The Sad Truth
5 - Our Kind
6 - Strength or Fear?
7 - (Walk?) Their Path
8 - The Bars (Black Flag)
9 - Coptic Times (Bad Brains)
10 - Blood (1995 demo)
108 also have announced a number of fall European tour dates: More...
Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS will release their new album, "King of the Grey Islands", on June 22 through Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for the CD is as follows:
02. Emperor of the Void
03. Devil Seed
04. Of Stars and Smoke
05. Demonia 6
07. Man of Shadows
09. The Opal City
10. Embracing the Styx More...
Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI have pushed back the projected release date of their fourth album, "Tervaskanto", to June 26 (U.S.) / June 29 (Europe) via Napalm Records.
"Tervaskanto" (view cover artwork at this location) was recorded at Fantom Studios in Tampere, Finland with producer Samu Oittinen. 11 songs were reportedly recorded for the follow-up to "Tales along this Road". The track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. Let's Drink
04. Veriset Äpärät
05. Running With Wolves
06. Liekkiön Isku
09. Misty Fields
10. Vesilahden Veräjillä
11. Nordic Feast
Check out the song "Veriset Äpärät" on the band's MySpace page.
Formed by Jonne Järvelä (vocals, guitar), KORPIKLAANI ("Woodland Clan" in Finnish) released two albums under its previous moniker, SHAMAN. In contrast to SHAMAN, which recorded songs in the original Sami language, KORPIKLAANI's material is writen mostly in English, but also in Finnish.
BESIEGED have posted the first sampling of their debut full length online. Entitled "INRI", the track is the first to be made available from the recently completed album Atlantis, due out in June on Blood & Ink Records. You can check out Besieged's "INRI" on the band's MySpace page.
BESIEGED recently welcomed Mattie Montgomery (ex-EARTH VS. THE SPIDER) as their new singer and is currently seeking a guitarist.
Norwegian metallers SUSPERIA have suffered a major setback in the run up to their forthcoming European tour with W.A.S.P. later this month and the subsequent UK dates with ONSLAUGHT. The bands drummer Tjodalv has broken his ankle in a freak accident and will have to sit out the dates. The incident happened when he slipped on a patch of ice whilst unloading his vehicle. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with an ankle break in two places, which required an emergency operation. Shattered and dejected Tjoldav is now at home recuperating, with strict orders to rest for at least five months until the breaks heal. The band are devestated at what has happened.
Susperia have however, confirmed that they will fulfil all their upcoming live commitments and have drafted in Anders Haave from BLOOD RED THRONE as a temporary replacement for the dates.
Following the departure of guitarist Bryan Honhart, BURDEN OF A DAY have announced the addition of Mike Sommers to their line-up to fill the vacancy. Sommers has been a longtime friend of the band, having played numerous shows alongside BURDEN OF A DAY with his previous endeavor RILEY VS. AUBREY. Sommers is also the brother of the band's other guitarist Josh Sommers.
In related news, BURDEN OF A DAY will be performing at Blood & Ink Fest alongside labelmates XLOOKING FORWARDX, WIDOWS & ORPHANS, BESIEGED, and SAINTS NEVER SURRENDER, which will also feature noted speaker Jay Bakker. Blood & Ink Fest is scheduled to take place in Virginia Beach, VA on April 21st at Club Relevant.
MySpace.com has exclusively debuted the new DIMMU BORGIR video, "The Serpentine Offering", on its music videos page.
The clip was shot by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (LACUNA COIL, KAMELOT) of Revolver Film Company AB and is the group's first promotional video for their much anticipated album, In Sorte Diaboli.
With their maiden headlining tour now underway, Flyleaf have scheduled round two with special guests Kill Hannah, Sick Puppies and Resident Hero.
The just-confirmed second leg of the "Justice & Mercy" tour kicks off May 5 in Dallas and wraps up June 15. The tour's current leg runs through April 30, and features support acts Skillet and Fair to Midland, with Dropping Daylight and Resident Hero splitting time in the opening slot.
Tickets for the May/June dates go on sale this weekend in most markets, according to a press release. A presale begins Wednesday (4/4) for members of Flyleaf's fan club. For more information, visit the band's website.
Flyleaf's self-titled album has produced two singles: "I'm So Sick" and "Fully Alive." This spring, the band will release a third single, "All Around Me."
After its headlining run, Flyleaf will return to stages this summer as part of Korn's Family Values tour. The festival's fifth installment, which is set to kick off July 20 in St. Louis, MO, will also feature co-headliners Evanescence, as well as Atreyu, Trivium and Hellyeah.
Here are the latest Flyleaf headlining tour dates: More...
Prime Cuts Music issue the following update:
"Prime Cuts Music is extremely proud to announce it's newest signing in MYTILE VEY LORTH. One of Australia's up and rising premier metal bands MYTILE VEY LORTH delivers a long awaited full length album entitled "DISILLUTION". With seven blackened death metal tracks with plenty of diversity for the fans of extreme metal. MYTILE VEY LORTH offer their own style, drawing influences from both Black and Death metal fields, generating a sound that is brutal, sharp and relentless.
"DISILLUTION" will be released by PRIME CUTS in time for Metalstock, April 6 – 9, and distributed nationally by MGM from May . Orders can be made via Prime Cuts Music by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or order from your local music retailer.
Pulverised Records issues the following update:
"Pulverised Records is very proud to announce the new signing of Sweden's relentless Death Metal band, FACEBREAKER. Fans of melodic Death Metal with brutal aggression will definitely love what FACEBREAKER has to offer; they have raised the bar of what true Death Metal is about, and FACEBREAKER will rip everything apart! FACEBREAKER is scheduled to release two albums for Pulverised Records, more details coming soon."
Check out their myspace page for more information and songs.
You can now listen to the title track of BLINDED BY FAITH’s forthcoming record, entitled "Weapons Of Mass Distraction", via their MySpace profile at this location. The album will be available in Canada on May 15th via Galy Records.
The Quebec-based metallers add in an update: "We’re proud to announce that BBF will conquer Canada this summer, starting in mid-July. We can’t tell you about the places we are about to visit as they aren’t known right now, so stay tune as more details will come soon. And last but not least, don’t forget to soon visit your favourite store, because BBF’s first DVD will be available in Canada in April 10th."
12 - Medley in Montréal, QC (CD launch with QUO VADIS, MARTYR, BLINDED BY FAITH, ENDAST)
18 - Dagobert in Québec City
Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Joacim [Cans, vocals] broke a bone in his elbow during a taekwon-do training session on Monday. Says he: 'It was during the warm-up, we were doing rushes across the room when I somehow slipped and went full-speed into the concrete wall. I managed to get the right arm up to try to stop the momentum, so that arm took all of my weight and got sandwiched between me and the wall. The thing with a broken elbow is, you don't get a cast or even a bandage. The doctor just said to take pills to combat the pain — which is pretty bad, sometimes — and try to move it a lot to prevent it from getting stiff. I will be OK in a month or so.' Joacim also sends the message that this will not affect anything planned for the band, and that they will have some news about the new bass player soon."
DOWN — the acclaimed New Orleans band featuring CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist), bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA), guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR), and vocalist Philip Anselmo (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA) — performed a brand new song, entitled "I Scream", during their headlining appearance at the Roseland in New York City on Saturday, March 31. Watch a video clip of the performance at YouTube.com. More...
Launch Radio Networks reports: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has become notorious for suing anyone from high school students to retirees for downloading music from the web, has gone after web sites such as Idolator that have posted leaked songs from the upcoming NINE INCH NAILS album, "Year Zero". The problem, however, is that the tracks were leaked intentionally. Several songs from the album were left on computer hard drives at venues on the band's current European tour, with fans finding and posting them on the web for others to download and swap. According to Billboard.com, the RIAA sent cease-and-desist emails to web sites that posted the tracks, leading one industry source to say, "These f***ing idiots are going after a campaign that the label signed off on."
While a number of songs have been intentionally released, the entire NINE INCH NAILS album has not leaked online yet. The CD arrives on April 17.
In addition to the leaked tracks, the marketing campaign for "Year Zero" has featured cryptic messages on T-shirts and a maze of linked web sites that expand upon the album's storyline of a future U.S. on the brink of apocalypse.
The same source told Billboard that NINE INCH NAILS frontman Trent Reznor views the campaign as a "new entertainment form." The source added that the campaign will continue for the next 18 months.
"Year Zero" is reportedly the first of two concept albums, the second of which Reznor hopes to finish next year.
NINE INCH NAILS finishes its European tour on April 10 in Finland and has just announced another round of shows on that continent beginning in August. A trip to Australia and Japan is planned for May. North American dates have not been announced yet.