Metal News for April 9, 2005
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22 news articles posted on this day.
ProgPower USA VI has officially sold out just three days after tickets went on sale to the general public.
“I don't think my attendees realize how truly grateful I am for their continued loyalty and support,” said promoter Glenn Harveston. “This is the fourth consecutive sell-out thanks to them. I don't think anyone had a clue that tickets would move so fast this year. My heartfelt thanks to the public for allowing me to continue with what I believe is the best concert experience in North America.”
This year’s stellar lineup will host Angra, Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora on Friday, September 16. The festival’s second night, Saturday, September 17, will feature Stratovarius, Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride.
ProgPower be held at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. Doors are scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. on both days.
A ProgPower USA VI Pre-Show Party will be held Thursday night at The Loft. After a great experience performing at last year’s ProgPower, Germany’s Dreamscape is returning to headline the pre-party. Orphaned Land will perform an acoustic set with material different from their Friday set. Avian, featuring Lance King (ex-Balance of Power, Pyramaze) on vocals, and Outworld, featuring guitar virtuoso Rusty Cooley, will also perform. Ticket information for the pre-party will be released in the coming weeks.
ProgPower USA is one of America’s most highly praised festivals. There is currently a three-year wait on the Gold Badge waiting list. Last year ProgPower USA drew fans from 32 states and 12 counties including Japan and Australia.
ProgPower USA is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Planet Waves Gear, J.’Addario Strings, and Evans Drumheads.
Earthlink Live is located at 1375 Peachtree Street NW in Atlanta.
Finnish Machine Men signs longterm worldwide deal with Century Media Records.
Earning a reputation as an excellent live band, these young musicians (in their early Twenties) created quite a buzz in the realm of melodic metal with their self-titled MCD (2002) and especially their debut album “Scars & Wounds”, which was released in their homeland Finland in 2003 and followed up by a full European launch in Spring 2004 via their former label Dynamic Arts Records, with praising media reaction claiming the band to be the most hopeful newcomer of their kind.
The band consist of Antony (Vocals), J-V (Guitar), Jani (Guitar), Eero (Bass) as well as Jarno (Drums) and having been influenced by classic metal acts such as Iron Maiden or vintage Queensrÿche, Machine Men are determined to bring along a fresh edge within their style to build a bridge from the golden ‘80s to the best of modern metal for all fans of the style.
Their new album “Elegies” was recorded by Thunderstone’s Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios (Omnium Gatherum, Thunderstone, etc.) and then mastered at the established Finnvox Studios, comes with classy artwork by Norwegian artist Christian Ruud (Tristania, Madder Mortem, etc.) and it includes 9 catchy and yet profoundly melodic new songs as well as a cover version of Bruce Dickinson’s “Freak”.
The final track-list of “Elegies” is as follows: More...
I attended the Velvet Revolver on their last Canadian date last Thursday (March 31) but I’ve been busy with school so I haven’t been able to write about it until now. I can’t really remember details from the show because I had less than 4 hours of sleep cramming for a lab final the morning of the show and I was extremely tired by the time I got to the venue.
I didn’t know what to expect from Velvet Revolver. I have never seen Guns n’ Roses nor Stone Temple Pilots live before. I’d say the majority of concert-goers were GnR fans. Judging by the 2002 GnR riot that broke out at GM Place after Axl cancelled the show last minute, I had expected there would be a lot of people going but it was relatively quiet for a rock show when I got to the Pacific Coliseum just before 7pm. Security guards made everyone on the floor sit and wait for the show to start and more than half the seats were empty. As time passed by, people trickled in, filling up the empty spots. More...
Papa Roach will play just before Nightwish, their first UK Festival date since Ozzfest in 2001.
Performing just before them, Mudvayne are set to make a welcome return to Download, having played at the inaugural festival in 2003.
System Of A Down, Slipknot, Black Sabbath, MC5, Velvet Revolver and HIM are just some of the bands to have already been confirmed. More will be announced in the coming weeks.
Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park between 10-12 June, extending to the Friday for the first time in its three year history. Weekend tickets cost £105, plus an extra £22.50 for camping.
Acclaimed video director Dale Resteghini (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Fear Factory) will be completing the second part of his Anthrax "Reunion" DVD with a multi-high-definition-camera shoot at the Chicago House Of Blues on May 1. Previous rock and metal DVDs Resteghini has helmed include "Tattoo The Earth 2000", Fear Factory (live footage from Australia) and the recent "Taste Of Chaos".
The upcoming Anthrax DVD is expected to cover the group's "reunion" tour, from the moment the band members met again in one room for the first time in over 13 years (on March 30) to the upcoming festival appearances. A live CD is also planned. A late 2005/early 2006 release is expected.
Sounds of the Underground Tour, which features Clutch, Gwar, Lamb of God, Opeth, Unearth, Strapping Young Lad, All that Remains, The Red Chord, DevilDriver and many others, will run through the US and Canada this summer. The second internet pre-sale will be April 12th starting at 4pm EST at tix.artistarena.com/soundsoftheunderground.
The following shows will be available:
Jun. 25 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena - public on sale April 16
Jun. 26 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier - public on sale April 16
Jul. 03 Montreal, QC Stade Uniprix - public on sale April 16
Jul. 04 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall - public on sale April 16
Jul. 05 Cleveland, OH Scene Pavilion - public on sale April 16
Jul. 12 Atlanta, GA Hi Fi Buys - public on sale April 22
Jul. 13 Orlando, FL Tinker Field - public on sale April 16
Jul. 15 Dallax, TX Smirnoff Parking Lot - public on sale April 22
Jul. 20 Phoenix, AX Mesa Amphitheatre - public on sale April 16
Jul. 26 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum - public on sale April 16
Jul. 28 Edmonton, AB Rexhall - public on sale April 16
Jul. 29 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Center - public on sale April 16
Other tour dates: More...
Zimmer's Hole, the Vancouver-based project featuring guitarist Jed Simon and bassist Byron Stroud of Strapping Young Lad, will be performing at the The Brickyard in Vancouver on May 28. The show will be part of the three-day annual Vancouver Tattoo Expo, which is scheduled to take place May 27-29 at the Empire Landmark Hotel downtown Vancouver. Tattoo V.I.P.s get into the show for free. The Tattoo Expo web site can be found at www.vantat.com.
Zimmer's Hole released their sophomore album, "Legion of Flames", in 2001.
After much anxiety, disillusionment, frustration, rewriting, relocating, a marriage, a Masters degree, recording "The Mantle," Agalloch tours, etc., Sculptured are currently writing new music for their third full-length album. The band hopes to enter the studio late next year as songwriter and guitarist/vocalist Don Anderson is still wrapping up his studies at the university. The music will be a move forward from "Apollo Ends" and will continue to expand the harmonic vocabulary of metal. Current song titles include; "The Shape of Rage," "Bodies Without Organs," and "Help, I've Swallowed My Teeth." The line-up will remain the same; however, the status of brass instruments is unknown. The band wishes to thank everyone for being patient and remaining supportive.
The Gathering are currently rehearsing again for new upcoming DVD recordings, as well as work in a new album. The band plans to hit the studio in autumn 2005, with a possible release date at the beginning of 2006.
Vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen is selling her guitar on eBay. For more information, visit http://www.sandandmercury.com.
Epoch of Unlight will be playing a memorial concert for Patrick (a.k.a. Dageth) of Bloodstained Dusk, who was killed in a car crash on January 24th, 2005. The show, entitled "Hellfire Manifest", will feature bands from various areas coming to show respect: The brutal Quinta Essentia (AL) (featuring Jason F., also of BSD), deathrash legends Hellwitch (first-ever Alabama appearance) (FL), Epoch of Unlight (TN), Fleshtized (AL), Convergence from Within (AL), Dark Faith (FL) (who toured with BSD in 2002 opening for Monstrosity), Legions of Asgaroth, and Stentoria.
In other Epoch of Unlight news, a French fan site, Caught in the Unlight, is now online at http://caughtintheunlight.free.fr. Official band website to follow soon.
Crisis has been confirmed as the main support to the M.O.D. tour starting early June. Beyond The Embrace will open as well.
The new Crisis video "Waking The Dead" is available for download. The files are in QuickTime and are available in 3 different sizes. "Waking the Dead" was directed by Nicole Phillips, filmed by Richard Stark and Mark Mauricio, edited by Rajeev Dassani.
- http://media.theendrecords.com/crisis_wakeupsmall.mov (5 mb)
- http://media.theendrecords.com/crisis_wakeupmedium.mov (10 mb)
- http://media.theendrecords.com/crisis_wakeuplarge.mov (28 mb)
Age of Silence has posted a brief statement regarding their current status and future plans. It reads as follows:
We will make no attempt to apologize for the last six month's hiatus.
We have been deeply entrenched in the product development chambers of the Age of Silence headquarters, which lies in an undisclosed location somewhere between your world and ours.
It has been decided that the next product will be a grand gesture of Epic proportions, so read into that what you will, and prepare for the next step in our crusade.
Metal Church has posted the following message on the band's official website:
Hello again metal heads! It's been awhile since our last news post, but we have been BUSY!
October, November, and December of 2004 saw Metal Church on a state-side tour supporting "Weight Of The World," and we want to once again thank ALL our loyal fans for turning out. It was a smashing success, and special thanks to our new friends and opening act 3 Inches of Blood. Great band, be sure and check them out!
We got home just in time for the holidays, took January off, in February we played several regional shows AND went to Germany to do the Metal Forever Festival, which was a benefit for tsunami victims. Our March tour of Europe was postponed for summer and news on that is to follow soon.
In the mean time we have been in the studio writing and demo'ing the new album. We have also just confirmed the Monterrey Metal Festival for May 28th in Mexico and will have a major tour announcment soon!
Keep it Heavy!
Barry Stern, who drummed for doom-metal legends Trouble and '80s thrashers Zoetrope, died April 1 in his hometown of Chicago shortly after undergoing hip-replacement surgery. A chapel service was held Tuesday. Stern sang and played drums on Zoetrope's 1985 debut, "Amnesty," and 1987's "A Life of Crime." He left to join Trouble for that band's 1990 self-titled record and also performed on 1992's "Manic Frustration."
Grindcore generators Strong Intention have signed with Goodfellow Records and will begin working on a new album next month. The band then plans to head out with Internal Bleeding, Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus and Kill the Client.
The first 500 copies of the sophomore album by Orange County's atmospheric Eyes of Fire will come with a bonus CD featuring one 25-minute track. The still-untitled record was produced by the band and Matt Bayles of Mastodon and Isis note.
Jazzy hardcore provocateurs The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower caused a stir in Europe recently — and not just in Paris. Various overseas venues were disturbed by the band's name and stage costumes, which include red armbands sewn onto black shirts. The title of their most recent album, "Love in the Fascist Brothel," didn't exactly ease anyone's concerns. The band's European booking agent issued a statement that said the musicians "are not Nazis. We personally think that it is, due to the Jewish ethnicity and homosexual orientation of some of the members of the band, unbelievably ignorant to think something like this." The band will open shows in North America for the equally subversive Blood Brothers starting May 10 in Chicago and running through June 17 in Los Angeles.
Death/doom-metal veterans Cianide will contribute an unannounced track to an Antiseen tribute album. They're also planning a split 7-inch with Spanish splatter-metal band Machetazo.
Colombian death-metal band Goretrade are getting ready to enter the studio to record their new album, "Perception of Hate," which will be released on Displeased Records.
Mastodon, who've been wined and dined by countless majors since Leviathan was released in August, have become the latest metal act to board the corporate ship. According to a Warner Bros. source, the Atlanta quartet has left its longtime home at Relapse. The source said the deal was finalized two weeks ago.
Clutch have logged enough highway miles for 10 bands, but surprisingly they've never done a festival tour — not one. That'll change this summer when the Maryland hardcore veterans headline the Sounds of the Underground Tour.
"To be honest, [festivals] always struck us as enormous wastes of time and money and didn't look like a whole lot of fun," said Neil Fallon, Clutch's roaring, pint-sized foreman. "[Sounds of the Underground] looks to be something fresh and new. It's not going to be us playing at some ungodly hour in the afternoon, and the people who'll actually go there are hungry for something like this, which works out to everyone's benefit."
Clutch are currently mixing their new disc, Robot Hive/Exodus, for release on June 21. Fallon promises a couple of straight blues tunes plus songs with "very efficient and very traditional arrangements." The band's also working on a DVD that started out as a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of Robot but has been expanded to include "life on the road" footage.
Ambient darkwave/metal act Peccatum completed the release of The Moribund People EP. This release contains two new songs and a special cover of Bathory’s legendary “For All Those Who Died.” The EP will also include a music video for the title track.