Metal News for April 9, 2006
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14 news articles posted on this day.
Norwegian metallers ANSUR have inked a deal with Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records.
Ansur was formed in Drammen, Norway in 2003 as a young 3-piece band. The following winter Ansur recorded “Demo 2004”, which contained four tracks of more or less traditional black metal with a raw and characteristic sound. After the demo release, underground label Nerbilous Productions (South Korea) took interest in the band and offered to re-release the demo in a more official way. The demo was renamed “Carved in Flesh” officially re-released in 2005.
The line-up changed in the following year, with Stian Svenne joining on guitars and Glenn Ferguson on drums. Bass player Aslak A. Werme left the band, and vocalist Espen A. R. Aulie took up his duties. The band slowly went through changes musically, and they began to incorporate stronger progressive elements in addition to the black and death metal styles to create something more characteristic and unique. Ansur’s debut album, “Axiom,” was recorded in their own studio from July to December 2005. The material on Axiom varies from brutal tracks like “Earth Erasure” to more progressive ones like “The Axiom Depicted” and “Desert Messiah”. The conceptual lyrics are based on a chronological story and flow very well the epic and grand darkness of the album. The underground press has already had a taste of what’s to come. Norwegian online magazine Enslaved by Metal, quoted the Axiom as “…too impressive to avoid”, while Maelstrom Magazine said: "Axiom is an addictive mixture of mathematical patterns with the brilliantly subtle implementation of acoustic guitars that strongly add to clarity in sound and the sense of threat and disaster.” AllThingsMetal.com concluded with Axiom being “…a perfect mix of brains and artistic enjoyment.”
"Axiom" is due for worldwide release in the fall through Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records. More details will follow soon.
Mayhem productions presents Minneapolis Mayhem 3. Minneapolis Mayhem's first set will take place on August 25th and 26th at the Star Central in Minneapolis, confirmed bands are as follows:
Avenger of Blood
More bands to be confirmed.
Head Automatica have released the artwork for their upcoming album, "Popaganda" for viewing at the following location: http://www.totalassault.com/assets/?artist=Head%20Automatica . The album's artwork is supposed to reflect the retro-pop feel of the album. "Popaganda" is due out June 6th.
Misery Index have announced that they will be playing a headlining show on one of their off-days from their UK tour with Fear Factory. Misery Index's headlining show will take place at The Comrades in Ormskirk, Friday, April 14 with support from local bands, Machiavellian, Lobe, and In Pain Die. Entry is £4 at the door, doors open at 7:30 pm.
Green Carnation have announced that they will be play in France for the first time ever with an appearance at the 9th annual prog/rock/metal festival, Raismes Festival, on September 9th. Green Carnation's drummer, Tommy Jackson had the following to say about the festival: "We have been waiting a long time to play in France, and we’re delighted to be invited to the festival. It will be a great start to what promises to be a good tour for the band."
Other bands featured are Freak Kitchen, Adagio, Andromeda, Watcha, and others. Raismes Fest will take place at Le Château de la Princesse d'Arenberg park on September 9 and 10. Following the show in France, the band will take part in the European Harvest Festival tour. Also appearing on the bill are headliners Tristania, Morgana Lefay, Machine Men, Deranged and one more as-yet-unannounced band. Dates are as follows:
September 10 - Paris, FRA @ TBA
September 11 - Essen, GER @ TBA
September 12 - Berlin, GER @ TBA
September13 - Hamburg, GER @ TBA
September 14 - Erfurt, GER @ TBA
September 15 - Leipzig, GER @ TBA
September 16 - Prague, CZR @ TBA
September 17 - Wien, AUT @ TBA
September 18 - Munich, GER @ TBA
September 19 - Pratteln, SWI @ TBA
September 20 - Ludwigsburg, GER @ TBA
September 21 - Frankfurt, GER @ TBA
September 22 - Strasbourg, FRA @ TBA
September 23 - Antwerpen, BEL @ TBA
September 24 - Hardenberg, NETH @ TBA
This will be Green Carnation's first European tour since 2003.
Green Carnation has a track entitled, "Pile of Doubt," from 2005's "The Quiet Offspring" which is featured on the recently released popular baseball game franchise, Major League Baseball 2K6.
More dates for Fear Factory's tour with Suffocation, Hypocrisy, and Decapitated have been announced and are as follows:
October 26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
October 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
October 28 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
October 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
October 30 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
November 1 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
November 2 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
November 3 - St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
November 4 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 6 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jeeters Pub
November 7 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
November 10 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
November 11 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
November 12 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
November 13 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
November 14 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
November 17 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
November 18 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
November 19 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
November 22 - South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
November 24 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
November 25 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
November 26 - Saginaw, MI @ Shooters
On Wednesday, September 14th I went to BBkings in New York City, NY to see Therion and Beyond the Embrace. Though it as been a while since the concert since I’ve been ill. I have finally been well enough and had the time to post this interview. I had the opportunity to interview guitarist and songwriter, Christofer Johnsson, of Therion. Talking with Christofer Johnsson gave me a lot of insight into my own song writing process. I felt such a musical connection I couldn’t provide much else to say except to stare and nod. He said things I think about all the time when I make music. In addition he gave me a different outlook on the purpose of creating music. I hope this interview gives some insight to you as a reader as it did for me as an interviewer. More...
On Wednesday, September 14th I went to BBkings in New York City, NY to see Therion and Beyond the Embrace. As I walked into the venue as doors opened, I saw about six people standing around waiting for the concert to start. I met up with a friend and chilled until it started. What was scary was how we were the only people there until about 15 minutes before Beyond the Embrace took the stage. About 30 people showed up in those 15 minutes. I was scared that Therion drastically undersold the show. I was very wrong. By the time Beyond the Embrace finished the venue was packed. I didn’t even notice how many people were pouring in, since I was front row out of the three rows of people there. By the time Therion was playing I couldn’t move. Before Beyond the Embrace took the stage, I thought I saw Brian Fair from Shadows Fall hanging out at the bar, but wasn’t sure, so I went up to him and said, “Hey, what’s up”. Turns out it was him and he was cool. We had a short conversation because the concert started and it would be nearly impossible to hear each other. More...
NEVERMORE lead axeman Jeff Loomis will be receiving a signature model guitar through Schecter Guitars. The guitar is expected to be unveiled sometime this summer. More details will be made available soon.
Ohio rock/metal band Inhale Exhale recently signed with Solid State Records. Formed last fall, the group features former Narcissus guitarist John LaRussa, in addition to former Reliant K bassist Brian Pittman. The band is currently in Knoxville, TN recording their debut album with producer/engineer Travis Wyrick (P.O.D.). You can download some of Inhale Exhale's demo material here.
Rhapsody are out with the video to their new single 'Dawn Of Victory', from the album 'Live In Canada 2005– The Dark Secret'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Rhapsody released their first live album earlier this year via Magic Circle Music. Entitled "Live In Canada 2005 – The Dark Secret", contains over 60 minutes of footage recorded at the Metropolis in Montreal/Canada on June 14, 2005 during leg one of the MANOWAR's "Demons, Dragons and Warriors World Tour".
On A Warpath, hailing from Northern California's Bay area, are the latest edition to the Hand of Hope Records roster. The band formed in early 2005, but the members have known each other for years, growing up in the same neighborhood. On a Warpath cross old-style fast- and mid-tempos with today's beatdown breaks and gut-wrenching double bass. They credit their influences to thrash and hardcore music, including such seminal hardcore acts as Earth Crisis and Strife, as well as current bands like Hoods and Folsom. Their future plans include a July release and touring throughout the summer. You can check out some songs on their Myspace page.
Ignite, Blacklisted, and Set Your Goals will be touring together in May and June. Blacklisted joins the tour on May 23rd. Here are the tour dates:
5/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
5/17 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
5/18 Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
5/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour (Ignite only) w/ Rise Against
5/20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour (Ignite only) w/ Rise Against
5/21 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
dates w/ Blacklisted
5/23 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
5/24 St. Louis, MO @ TBA
5/25 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
5/26 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
5/27 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
5/29 Boston, MA @ Club Lido
5/30 Centereach, NY @ Centereach VFW
5/31 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
6/1 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
6/2 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
6/3 Carmel, IN @ Carmel Arts Center
6/4 Iowa City, IA @ Gabes Oasis
6/5 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
6/7 Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
6/8 Las Vegas, NV @ The Rock N Java
6/11 Southern California, CA @ TBA
Philadelphia hardcore/metal band Passion have signed with Goodfellow Records. Passion's Goodfellow debut is expected to be available this winter. In the interim, you can download a demo track from the band here.