Metal News for April 7, 2008
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22 news articles posted on this day.
Dark Funeral has issued the following update:
"I guess it's about time to let you guys know what's going on here. Well, we are currently working on material for a new full-length album. We're in the very early stages of the writing process though. There's still a lot of work before we're ready to hit the studio, but we're on the right course at least!
"Plan is, however, to be ready to record a new album sometime during 2008, with a possible early 2009 release (but it all depends on when we're ready to record and so on, of course). We will keep you posted on the writing progress and what kind of time plan we'll put up for the new album.
"We have also renewed our contract with Regain Records. So we will be releasing the next album through them too.
"In the meantime, and during the wait for our new studio album, I'd suggest that you check out two killer DVDs that we have released, "Attera Orbis Terrarum" parts 1 & 2 (part two will be released on May 22). Also, keep your eyes open for the date when we'll launch our webstore 'DIABOLISWEAR!'"
The Youngblood Records 2008 Showcase will take place on May 3rd at the Champion Ship in Lemoyne, PA. Doors open at 2pm and admission is $15. The following bands will perform:
Set To Explode
Lion of Judah
Police & Thieves
The First Step
Bloodsimple's management has written in to clarify that they are not taking part in the previously reported tour dates with Drowning Pool, Nonpoint and Egypt Central. The band is, however, gearing up to tour Australia with Korn this month. Here are the latest bloodsimple tour dates:
Apr 15 2008 8:00P @ ROBINSON PAVILION w/ KoRn PERTH
Apr 17 2008 8:00P @ ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE w/ KoRn ADELAIDE
Apr 18 2008 8:00P @ VODAFONE ARENA w/ KoRn MELBOURNE
Apr 20 2008 8:00P @ ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE w/KoRn SYDNEY
Apr 22 2008 8:00P @ RIVERSTAGE w/ KoRn BRISBANE
Fear Factory and Ascension Of The Watchers frontman Burton C. Bell speaks about involvement in Ministry's latest album "The Last Sucker" and in the upcoming covers collection "Cover Up":
'It was last January , I was talking to a friend, and my friend goes, 'Yeah, MINISTRY is in the studio recording their last record." I was like, 'Their last record?' 'Yeah, it's their very last record.' 'Really?!' And I was thinking to myself, 'Man, if I want to get involved with this, this is the time.' So what did I do? The very next day I called up Al [Jourgensen, MINISTRY mainman]. I was like, 'Al, this is Burton. I met you (at your last New York City show), I know you're doing your last record. I would love to offer my services. I'm there, if you want me I'm there.' He called me like a week later, 'We want you on our record. Come on down.' So he flew me down. I was down there for two weeks. We did 'End Of Days', 'Die In A Crash'. I did another song, it's not on the record, I don't know what happened to it. I started doing those cover songs. It was just like, 'Yeah, this is cool.'"
MTV2’s Headbangers Blog will host the worldwide online debut of the most meaningful AGNOSTIC FRONT video of the band’s career, “For My Family,” this Friday, April 11th. The video will make its on-air debut on Saturday, April 12th at 11 p.m. EASTERN/8 p.m. PACIFIC on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball.
Taken from AGNOSTIC FRONT’s 2007 release, Warriors, self-financed by the band, and dedicated to New York Hardcore icon Raymond “Raybeez” Barbieri from Warzone and the New York City Hardcore scene, “For My Family” was shot live in New York and Los Angeles by Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci of Killswitch Productions who left no stone unturned to feature guest appearances from: Tim & Lars from Rancid, Toby from H20, Ezac (a.k.a. Danny Diablo) from Skarhead/Crown Of Thorns, Bryan & Frankie from Death Before Dishonor, Mike from Inhuman, Pete & Armand from Sick Of It All, Buddha & Son from Blood For Blood, Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed, Al Barr from the Dropkick Murphys, Hoya & Mitts from Madball, Freddy Madball, Dan Lilker from Brutal Truth/Nuclear Assault/Anthrax, The NYC Rumblers, The Miret Family, SOB from Merauder’s little brother, Craig Setari from Sick Of it All, Wes from Death Threat, Chops from Hold Fast Tattoos in Brooklyn, and other old friends of the band.
States lead singer Roger Miret: “This is a very personal letter for my family acknowledging the love, respect, and honor we hold for New York Hardcore and our families today, tomorrow, and forever!”
Director/Producer Ian McFarland shares, “When it comes down to it, [co-director] Mike [Pecci] and I don’t pump out videos at the same rate that other directors do, and it is because we just don’t want to put out crap. We take pride in every video we do and love to do videos that not only the bands are proud of, but that we are proud of as well.”
AGNOSTIC FRONT leaves the U.S. tomorrow for the launch of their European tour in The Netherlands.
North Carolina thrashers Sanctity, who recently lost their front man Jared MacEachern and bassist Derek Anderson, have now lost their record deal. Now that Roadrunner Records has let them go, they're in the process of recording some demos with the hope of finding a new label.
Anticulture Records welcome the signing of Cinders Fall with the following message:
"We at Anticulture Records are very proud to announce that Cinders Fall, the UK metalcore behemoths, have signed with us!"
"Whilst we eagerly await the arrival of their blistering new album, recorded by Stampin Ground's musical genius Scott Atkins, check them out here. Just so as you don't miss out on some incredible metal, check out the following gig dates to witness their colossal live performances!" More...
Long-running Seattle metallers METAL CHURCH have issued the following update:
"After an overwhelming response to the album cover art [contest] for our new release, we have finally decided on a wining cover. The artist's name is Rainer Kalwitz from Germany who is amazingly talented."
"Due to so many talented entries, we have decided to incorporate several of the other submissions for the inner sleeve of the CD. This has really shown us what dedicated fans we have that truly understand our music and we are so fortunate to have the best fans in the world. We raise the horns to you, the Congregation!"
"We would also like to take this time to thank each and every one of you for your hard work, and for all of you that gave your opinions on the art we put up on our MySpace page. The ones on the MySpace page are only a fraction of the entries we received so you can imagine the difficult decisions we were faced with when choosing the winner." More...
IRON MAIDEN's official web site has been updated with the following message:
"The IRON MAIDEN shows in Western Canada have now sold every available ticket in each market in just four days. The band encourages any non-ticket holders to check back in a couple weeks and just before the show as production releases may become available when the stage has been set in each arena, check with your local box office or www.ironmaiden.com for further updates. Even if some tickets may have to be stamped with a slightly restricted side view, fans will still be able to experience the incredible communal atmosphere of a MAIDEN concert."
Commented vocalist Bruce Dickinson: "We are truly overwhelmed by this response, especially as some of these cities we haven't played in 20 years!! Being Brits we are always very comfortable with Canadians and it will be a great pleasure to get back on the prairies again. It was always a LOUD response there! We look forward to this immensely and hope to give you all a show to remember."
Atlanta's hardcore band THE CHARIOT (Solid State Records) is premiering its new video for the song "They Drew Their Swords" exclusively on woozyfly.com. For one day only, Woozyfly.com will feature THE CHARIOT's masterfully constructed clip on the main page for 24 hours of visual and auditory overload. Directed by none other than vocalist Josh Scogin himself, this performance-based video with wild visual effects is not for the faint at heart.
Scogin explains: "I wanted it to be really out there, with no boundaries or real structure. We really wanted it to show how chaotic the music was, and made that the main focus, even more than the video itself. I'd say the random segments are the circus sideshow, but more realistic. Anything I wanted to shoot I did and if it worked I kept it."
THE CHARIOT is currently out on the road with ALESANA, closing out an impressive series of tours in support of the band's new CD, entitled "The Fiancée". Next stop for THE CHARIOT is a stint at Bamboozle Music Festival in New Jersey on May 3.
Bassist/vocalist John Gallagher of the legendary British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"Running order for the [new RAVEN] album ['Walk through Fire'] is set. Mixing is done. Next stage is mastering, which we hope to have completed shortly."
RAVEN has posted a new song, entitled "Breaking You Down", on its official web site. The track comes off "Walk through Fire", which was recorded at the Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS).
John Gallagher previously stated about the new CD, "It's the right combination of spontaneous lunacy captured with the sounds we've always wanted." More...
UK hard rockers, LunarMile, issue the following update regarding their break up on their MySpace page:
"Dear Fans and Supporters,"
"We regret to inform you that for now and the foreseeable future, LunarMile are on a break. We would like to thank everyone that has supported us along the way, LunarMile would have not been possible without you."
"The myspace page will remain open, and the full version of ’Belong’ will be uploaded shortly. You can stay in touch with the individual band members via their own myspace pages, as each of us will be pursuing other projects...so keep a look out to see what we are doing."
"Thanks for the time you have spent with us,"
"Peace and Love,
Nordic death metallers, Illdisposed, issue the following update on their MySpace page:
"We’ve uploaded a third track from "The Prestige" for you. This one is called "Ich Bin Verloren In Berlin" which means "I’m Lost In Berlin" in German. And you guessed it right - the song is about.... being lost in Berlin!!!"
"At the moment we’re preparing everything for our tour that is beginning on the 30th this month. See you there..."
Pennsylvania metallers, Believer, issue the following update from the studio on their MySpace page:
"Good evening all! It’s been a productive week at Trauma. Following some much-needed gear and software upgrades, the vox tracking is underway along with some other uncompromising insanity. We are very excited to be working with the gentlemen (and I use that term loosely) at Clandestine Music, who will be handling the business side of things. There will also be some very talented guests lending their skills to this mess. God knows why they would want to work with us, but we’re not complaining. "
"Thanks again for your patience and your continued support!"
Profound Lore Records issues the following press release:
"An MP3 from the track "Trapped In The Web" from the true metal album of the year, namely "Conqueror", has been posted on the band's [The Gates Of Slumber] MySpace page as well."
"The band has captured themselves in the studio during the recording process of "Conqueror". Two episodes have already been posted in our Blog section so go there to check them out. We will be posting more episodes relating to the capturing of "Conqueror" as time approaches towards the release date (May 27th in North America via us, and end of May in Europe via our comrades I Hate Records). So keep checking the Blog section for more impending episodes."
Swedish viking metallers THYRFING have entered the studio. The band states the following:
"This weekend we started the recordings of the sixth album!"
"The album will be co-produced by Thyrfing and Jörgen Svensson of Tyroon Production (www.tyroon.com). The recordings and mixing will take place between April and June and the album is scheduled for release through Regain Records in October. Stay tuned for some visual and textual reports and other shite from the workshop!"
Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have unleashed four brand new songs on their MySpace page. The songs come off their upcoming Earache full-length debut, 'Citizen Brain', due out on May 19th worldwide. Recorded at Grindstone Studios with producer Scott Atkins, 'Citizen Brain' features 15 blistering tracks of classic, frantic thrash metal. The album will be available on CD, limited edition CD with bonus DVD, and limited edition vinyl. The four new tracks are: "Zombie Blood Nightmare," "Hammer Slammer," "Evil Voices," and "Final Fight."
The full track listing for "Citizen Brain" is:
01) Zombie Blood Nightmare
02) Evil Voices
03) Final Fight
04) Time Crime
05) Global Warming
07) Hammer Slammer
08) Sentenced to Thrash
09) Zombi Brew
10) Hell Trucker
11) Return of the Technodrome
13) In the Court of General Zod
14) Space Invaders
15) Bullet Belt Catch Gama Bomb More...
Demeanor and Bearseekingbear are currently booking a West Coast tour. The itinerary is as follows:
5/29 Tulsa, OK @ The Monolith
5/30 Altus, OK @ The Blue Room
5/31 Lubbock, TX @ The Sweatshop
6/1 El Paso, TX @ Corona Bar
6/2 Tuscon, AZ
6/3 Phoenix, AZ @ The Chamber
6/4 Los Angeles/San Diego, CA
6/5 Fresno/Surrounding, CA
6/6 Oakland/San Jose/Sacramento, CA
6/7 Eureka, CA
6/8 Portland, OR
6/9 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
6/10 Clarkston/Spokane, WA @ TBA
6/11 Missoula, MT
6/12 Idaho Falls, ID
6/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Broken Record Bar & Grill
6/14 Grand Junction, CO
6/15 Colorado Springs, CO
6/16 Wichita, KS
Swedish metal band Cipher System recently announced the addition of Andreas Solveström (Within Y) to their line-up. The group commented:
"Andreas is no stranger to the metal scene, and absolutly no stranger to us. With him onboard we know that we will deliver an great album and he is the perfect singer to take over where Daniel left."
Contraband Candy spent their Easter weekend in Oslo, Norway, freezing and interviewing a few bands that played this year's Inferno Festival. They also tracked down Dimmu Borgir axe man Silenoz to talk to us exclusively about their US tour with Behemoth and Keep of Kalessin, escaping to the woods and what it is really like being a rock star.
You can watch the interview online here or below (after the jump).
Contraband Candy are also working hard to finish their first ever Festival Special. They'll be releasing a short trailer very soon to start the ball rolling. The Inferno programme will include interviews with 1349, Behemoth, Den Saakaldte, Keep of kalessin, King (Gorgoroth, Sahg), Shining, Skitliv, and loads more interesting interviews and bits and pieces. More...
PAIN has checked in from the NIGHTWISH tour with the following update:
"We left Manchester early this day off to travel to the English border and take the underground train back to the European continent. When we got to the border we got a phone call from Pekka, one of Nightwish truck drivers. He told us that he was two hours north of London and that a wheel axle had broke on his 35 ton truck. He noticed it because one of the wheels exploded from the heat generated from the fire that started and jeopardised the whole truckload. Since we were closest we canceled our train and went back to London to help Pekka reload the whole trailer into a new one he managed to find. It's a good thing this happened on a day off, otherwise something else would. We only hope we'll be in time in Paris tomorrow.
Otherwise, the show in Manchester yesterday was awesome; 3,400 people can't be wrong. Tomorrow we'll have our catering back. That means no more starving.
Everything taste better with fire in your mouth!" More...
GuitarWorld.com recently caught up with EXODUS' Gary Holt and Lee Altus. Go to this location to check out the video interview.
Exodus' European tour schedule is currently as follows:
8 - London, England - The Underworld
9 - Leeds, England - Rio's
10 - Dublin, Ireland - Voodoo Lounge
11 - Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
12 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
13 - Groningen, Netherlands - Versa
14 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo Club
15 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
16 - Hannover, Germany - Musikzentrum
18 - Essen, Germany - Turock
19 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Roxy
20 - Munchen, Germany - Backstage
25 - Rotterdam, Holland - Baroeg
26 - Lichtenvoorde, Holland - Zwarte Cross Festival
27 - Deinze, Belgium - Alcatraz Metal Fest
28 - Tilburg, Holland - 013
30 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
31 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
1-2 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
9 - Vigo, Spain - AlternaVigo Festival
15 - Dinkelsbuhl, Germany - Summer Breeze Festival
16 - Komen, Slovenia - Metal Mania Festival
17 - Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival