Metal News for April 5, 2004
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8 news articles posted on this day.
The Renaissance (Ex-Five Pointe O) have posted some new material online, you can check it out at www.purevolume.com/therenaissance.
OUT FOR BLOOD have posted a new track titled 'Piss Soaked Wrench' off their upcoming EP 'Assault & Battery', which was produced and mixed by Andy Faulkner (Bolthrower). Head to http://www.outforblood.co.uk/ to download, or click here.
According to a post on the band's official website, Polish death metallers VADER will "start another trip through US" after their Polish "Blitzkrieg 2" tour which runs through to October 18th. After this, the band will be participating in the European X-mas festivals. Stay tuned for more details.
It seems COLD just aren't having great luck with members these days. Now, guitarist Kelly Hayes has left COLD and has been temporarily replaced by Matt Laughran, formerly of the pre-COLD outfit GRUNDIG.
"Yes, it is true," COLD frontman Scooter Ward confirmed in a posting on the band's official message board. "Kelly has left us. and instead of canceling the tour we got Matt to fill his position for this tour.
"Sam [McCandless, drums], Jeremy [Marshall, bass] and I have always been the core of COLD," he continued. "We write the music, we care about our fans and we will always be COLD. We were in shock also. But we can't have someone in the band that doesn't feel the music anymore. That's all we are about. Everything is fine."
Hayes, who is believed to have joined the Jacksonville, Florida-based "modern rock" band ALLELE (web site), is the second guitarist to leave COLD in less than six months. Late last year, Terry Balsamo exited the group to hook up with EVANESCENCE. He has since been replaced by former DARWIN'S WAITING ROOM axeman Eddie Rendini.
Orlando, Florida's TRIVIUM have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The band — Matthew Heafy (lead vocals, guitar), Cory Beaulieu (guitar), Brent Young (bass) and Travis Smith (drums) — released their debut album, "Ember To Inferno", on Germany's Lifeforce Records last year and caught Roadrunner's attention with their "larger than life, unrestrained rock sound," according to an official press release.
TRIVIUM come to the label through Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner (SEPULTURA, SLIPKNOT, TYPE O NEGATIVE). Says Conner: "TRIVIUM show an incredible maturity and finesse in their music considering the young age of songwriter, Matthew Heafy. I can only imagine where he will be in ten years. Plus, he has the drive, determination and smarts to match his musical muscle. Matthew and the rest of band have grown up listening to all the acts I've signed over the years, so to have TRIVIUM here, helping shaping Roadrunner's future metal template, is a real thrill for me on a personal level."
Roadrunner's Mike Gitter, who is co-A&Ring with Conner, adds:
"Not only is TRIVIUM a great metal band....they're a great band, period. At 18, Matt Heafy has a better developed sense of musical theory and melody than most successful musicians twice his age. These guys crackle with the same sort of vibe you felt about bands like METALLICA or MEGADETH in the 80's... Out to prove that they're top of their game and willing to do what it takes to get there."
The band were equally enthusiastic about calling Roadrunner their new home.
"It's beyond a dream to be a part of Roadrunner," says Heafy. "I mean hell, I grew up listening to Roadrunner bands: SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, COAL CHAMBER, SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, FEAR FACTORY… those are some of my earliest influences — ever! Being on a label that can really push a band to achieve massive status is so exciting. I know we will live on the road and that's the very thing I've wanted my whole life. On a final note, my mission statement to Roadrunner is 'Let's conquer the world!' " Cory Beaulieu adds: "Roadrunner Records' professionalism and contribution to the scene is huge. We are honored to be part of such a great roster — past and present.”
Catch TRIVIUM on tour in support of GOD FORBID throughout the U.S. beginning April 4. The band's as-yet-untitled Roadrunner debut will be recorded this summer for a fall 2004 release.
Hits Daily Double reports: "Jim Guerinot has hammered down a deal to manage NINE INCH NAILS. The Nothing/Interscope band, basically Trent Reznor, chose Rebel Waltz [NO DOUBT, THE OFFSPRING] over finalists Q Prime and John Silva. NINE INCH NAILS' next record, 'Bleed Through', is being produced by Rick Rubin. Trent Reznor has said he wants the record to come out in Q4, though now that he has to take up golf, production may slow down."
Jane Schuldiner, mother of late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, has abandoned her previously announced plan to make available for free download the unfinished recordings originally slated to appear on the sophomore CONTROL DENIED album.
As previously reported, Chuck, who passed away in December 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor, began work on the album (tentatively titled "When Machine and Man Collide") in 2001 but never managed to complete the effort before his health quickly deteriorated in the months leading up to his tragic death. The remaining members of the group — bassist Steve DiGiorgio, vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Shannon Hamm, and drummer Richard Christy — subsequently announced their desire to complete the CD and release it in Chuck's memory, but legal hassles between Schuldiner's family and Hammerheart Records (to whom Chuck was signed at the time of his death) put the entire project on hold (Karmageddon Media — formerly Hammerheart Records — have since issued the incomplete recordings under the title "Zero Tolerance").
Jane had this to say: "After giving it another serious thought, we decided to not go ahead with the original plan as was announced on March 3. We are aware of the fact that discussions will continue, but none of this is doing any justice to Chuck's final music at all. His last masterpiece deserves more than to be released as unfinished bits of rehearsal room recordings on CD, or to be grabbed for free on the Internet. It deserves to be finished by the rest of the band and to be released on a full-length album, titled: 'When Machine And Man Collide'. We hope you will all understand our decision."
Finnish power metallers BURNING POINT have announced the addition of keyboardist Jussi Ontero to the group's ranks. Jussi had previously worked with several Finnish metal bands, including BURNING POINT singer Pete Ahonen's side-project, GHOST MACHINERY.
BURNING POINT have just completed work on their new single, "To Hell And Back" at Soundmix Studio in Oulu. Mastering duties were handled at Finnvox Studio in Helsinki.
"To Hell And Back" single track listing:
01. To Hell And Back
02. The Road To Hell (Part 2)
03. The One (acoustic studio live)
The single will be released later in the month.
BURNING POINT will enter the studio in June/July to begin recording their third album, tentatively due later in the year.