Metal News for May 1, 2008
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Billbord.com reports that System Of A Down guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan are putting the finishing touches on the debut album from their new rock band Scars On Broadway, the pair tells Billboard.com.
The artists are currently shopping for a record label, and hope to release the self-titled set by late summer. "We're in the final stages," Dolmayan reports. "There are three or four songs left."
Scars On Broadway performed last week at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. The band already received a warm welcome earlier last month during its debut performance at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
"It was crazy," Malakian recalls. "Nobody knew any of the songs, but the crowd was going off. The response we got gave me a lot of confidence."
So far, only one Scars On Broadway song, the hard-edged "They Say," has been released online. With about 20 songs already recorded, many of which won't make the final album cut, another track could be posted online before the album drops, according to Malakian.
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
Violin and cello metal band Judgement Day's "Opus 3 Acoustic" EP has been completed. The tracklisting is as follows:
2. Coda in E Major
3. Noae Kaedae
4. G Minor Interlude
5. Mark of Vishnu
6. Air Raid
The CD release party for this new EP is next Friday, May 9th at the legendary 924 Gilman St. in Berkeley.
The EP will also be available at Amoeba Records in Berkeley and San Francisco and at all future Judgement Day shows.
You can check out the band's MySpace page to download the new version of “Barrage” from the EP.
Ft. Lauderdale's ANOTHER BLACK DAY have posted the the track listing for their highly anticipated, self-titled debut online. The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Another Black Day
3. Wicked Soul
5. Take Back
8. Stand Up
11. From The Ashes
Set to storm into stores nationwide on MAY 20th, the album features the epic, chart-blazing single, "Wicked Soul."
ANOTHER BLACK DAY is currently available for pre-order through BIELER BROS. RECORDS. With the pre-order, fans will receive a special free gift of a limited edition Another Black Day wristband as well as a bonus gift, the free Bieler Bros. Records CD of their choice.
Canada's Fuck The Facts recently completed work on their brand new album and follow-up to their Relapse debut, "Stigmata High Five." The album, titled "Disgorge Mexico," was recorded at Liverpool Court Studios in Ottawa, ON with Craig Boychuk (ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF, PROPAGHANDI, UNDER PRESSURE) last August. "Disgorge Mexico's" complete track listing is as follows: "Borders", "No Return", "Absence and Despite", "Kelowna", "As Empires Expand And Collapse", "Dead End", "Driving Through Fallen Cities", "La Culture Du Faux", "State Of Panic", "No Place For Failure", "The Storm", "Apathy Is A Karma Killer", "Golden Age", "The Pile Of Flesh You Carry", and "Sleepless". "Disgorge Mexico" was written during a two-week band road trip to and from Mexico last Summer and is currently set for a Summer 2008 international release.
Canadian death metal band Necronomicon have not yet begun mixing their upcoming album "Return of the Witch". They had previously stated that mixing would begin in mid to late April and be done by the end of the month. The band issued an update stating "The mixing session as been delayed due to some bad timing with the studio, we really hope for that problem to be solve really quickly."
The new album will feature guest appereances by a variety of musicians including Arianne Fleury (ex-Augury) and Roxanne Constantin (Negativa, Quo Vadis).
Four of the songtitles from the album have been announced as "Into the Fire", "Alpha Omega", "The Awakening", and "Return of the Witch".
Female fronted metal band Midnattsol has parted ways with their guitar player Christian Hector.
The band issued a short statement saying "We really regret his leaving of the band after 6 common Midnattsol-years. It was a great time and we have gone through many ups and downs together. Without him Midnattsol surely would not have gone the way where we are today "
Christian Hector commented on his leaving the band "It's been some years since Carmen and me started out forming Midnattsol. Now it's time for me to move on and experience new musical directions. My decision is due to the musical development of the band, the lack of time for family and friends and last but not least my second band AHAB. I'd like to focus on the work along with my dear friend Daniel Droste and Cornelius Althammer. Nonetheless, I still call everyone in Midnattsol my dearest friends, too!"
Montana hardcore band When All Else Fails are currently recording their second album titled Overload. No release date has been announced yet. The tracklisting will be as follows:
2. Standing on Ice
3. Will You Be There
4. Off and On
8. Fear in Space
The following press release has been announced:
Reunited progressive metallers CYNIC, whose 1993 album Focus is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, have inked a worldwide deal with France's Season Of Mist Records.
The band is set to enter the studio this summer with Grammy-award winning producer Warren Riker (DOWN, SANTANA) to begin work on it's long-awaited follow-up to Focus. The CD will contain eight songs, and the band is working once again with renowned artist Venosa (who created the unmistakeable cover and visuals for Focus).
A late 2008 release is expected, to be supported by additional live shows, soon to be announced.
Cynic founding members Paul Masvidal (guitar, vocals) and Sean Reinert (drums), who both gained reputation and praise while performing alongside Chuck Schuldiner and DEATH in the recording and touring lineup for the milestone album Human, recently spent time at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida working on the mix for three new demo tracks with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER, etc.).
The three new songs - 'Integral Birth' (which can be heard on the band's MySpace page), 'Evolutionary Sleeper' and 'Adam's Murmur' - led to the return of Focus bassist Sean Malone, who had heard the demo material and was excited by it. Although Sean had been busy as a teacher in another state, he renewed his ties with Masvidal and Reinert and it was decided that Malone would join them both for the recording of the second album, as well as live shows whenever possible.
Rounding out the group's current lineup is Tymon Kruidenier, a talented guitarist out of the Netherlands who will also handle the aggressive vocals.
Lancaster, PA based metal band This Or The Apocalypse have been signed to Lifeforce Records America.
Lifeforce Records commented on the addition of This or the Apocalypse to their roster "This or the Apocalypse encompasses a sound that melds the fine PA traditions that have brought us the likes of August Burns Red, A Life Once Lost and This Day Forward while taking their musical direction to a new and uncharted height. Exhibiting a veteran-like display of confidence and focus, TOTA’s accelerated evolution redefines how bands come into their own. TOTA tightrope walks between masterfully crafted time signatures, dense rock grooves and melodic atmosphere. Their music combines the precision and technical prowess of Meshuggah with the raw, emotive urgency of Shai Hulud and Misery Signals: A sound that is loud, compelling, and unique."
Their debut album, "Monuments," is currently set for release some time in September. More...
French melodic death metal band Destinity will be playing shows in several countries in support of their new album "The Inside" released through Lifeforce records on April 28th in Europe and set to be released on June 24th in North America.
Destinity will be playing at the following dates and venues:
May 17 2008 5:00P Nice (France) at Tomawak Fest (Théâtre de Verdure)
May 31 2008 6:00P Charvieu (France) at Loko Fest 1 (MJC)
Jun 7 2008 8:00P St-André-Les-Lille (FRance) at MJC
Jul 5 2008 8:00P Clermont-Ferrand (France) at Coope
Jul 18 2008 8:00P Bergerac (France) at Sherwood
Jul 19 2008 8:00P Sant Antoni de calonge - Girona (Spain) at Costa Brava Metal Drac Festival
Jul 25 2008 1:00P Urbach / Zabbaduscher (Denmark) at Zoa Open Air
Sep 6 2008 2:00P Eeklo (Belgium) at Meetjesland Metal Fest
Sep 20 2008 2:00P Prenzlau (Denmark) at Filthrock Open Air
French death metal band Benighted has canceled their May 3rd show in France due to the hospitalization of guitar player Liem N'Guyen. The band issued the following statement on their MySpace page, "Benighted has to cancel his venue at Plaisir this Saturday 3 May. Liem has been hospitalized in emergency yesterday for surgery. Everything is cool, but he has to stay at hospital a couple of days."
Benighted will still be playing at the following dates across Europe:
May 30 2008 9:00P Neurotic Death Fest (Netherlands) Tilburg
May 31 2008 3:00P L’Entrepôt (Belgium) Arlon
Jun 20 2008 8:00P Hell Fest 2008 (France) Clisson
Jul 10 2008 8:00P Les Mélomanies (France) Romilly
Jul 11 2008 8:00P Open Air Local Fest (France) Cuges-Les-Pins
Jul 12 2008 8:00P Obscene Extreme Festival (Czech Rep) Trutnov
Aug 30 2008 8:00P Rock Area Festival (Germany) Losheim am Stausee (saarland)
Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT will be doing a one-off date from their Masters of Metal Tour to perform a headlining set at Foufoune's Electriques in Montréal, Québec on August 3rd. Testament issued their long-awaited new album, The Formation of Damnation, this week via Nuclear Blast.
Testament on tour:
1 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
2 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody's Downunder
3 – Mokena, IL – The Pearl Room/Chicago Powerfest
31 – Minneapolis, MN – Epic
Testament with JUDAS PRIEST:
22 – Seattle, WA – Wamu Theater
23 – Victoria, BC, – Save On Foods Memorial
24 – Vancouver, BC, – General Motors Place
26 – Calgary, AB, – McMahon Stadium –Monsters of Rock
27 – Edmonton, AB, – Shaw Conference Centre
29 – Saskatoon, SK, – Credit Union Centre
30 – Winnipeg, MB, – MTS Centre
Testament with Judas Priest, HEAVEN AND HELL, and MOTÖRHEAD:
3 - Montréal, Québec - Foufoune's Electriques
6 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
7 – Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion
9 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
10 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Amphitheater
12 – Buffalo, NY – Erie County Fair (no Judas Priest)
13 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Molson Amphitheatre
15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino
16 – Burgettstown, PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
18 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Center
19 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
20 – St Louis, MO – Pageant Theatre
21 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom (Testament only)
22 – Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center
23 – Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Pavilion
24 – San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
26 - Farmington, NM - Gators
27 – Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
28 – Phoenix, AZ - The Cricket Pavilion
29 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto
30 – Devore, CA – Hyundai Pavilion
31 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
Death metal legends Obituary have posted their new video online at Headbangers Blog. You can check it out below (however you won't be able to view it outside the U.S.)
Vocalist John Tardy says about the video: "We wanted a video that fit what the band is really like and in a location where you might find us having a cool one on any given day, I think the locals and regulars probably thought we were out of our minds, but Dan, the owner, was so cool it didn't seem to faze him. He actually let us in and left us alone in the bar by ourselves to film." More...
Lamb of God have signed with Roadrunner for all of their overseas releases. A two-disc DVD, "Walk With Me in Hell," is due out on June 30th and will be their first release via Roadrunner.
The band's U.S. releases will continue to be released via Epic Records.
Minneapolis metallers, With Dead Hands Rising, have canceled a portion of their upcoming summer tour and issue the following statement on their MySpace page explaining the cancellation:
"We unfortunately had to cancel the first part of our upcoming tour. We apologize to anyone that was stoked to see us and promise we will make it up to you before the end of summer! The reason for the cancellations is that we are gearing up for a full summer of touring and are taking one last breather before touring our fucking balls off for the new record. Expect to see WDHR in your area very soon."
"We will now be starting our next tour on May 14th in Texas and finishing the rest of the dates as scheduled."
Limp Bizkit drummer John Otto (cousin of Limp Bizkit bassist Sam Rivers) is offering private lessons which will cost $150 for beginner lessons and $200 for private lessons. For more information visit www.myspace.com/john_otto_lessons. More...
Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots/ ex Velvet Revolver) has posted the following statement via Myspace:
"I felt the need to check in and let everyone know what the latest and greatest is...as you know, my original band, STP, have reunited and are gearing up for our 4 month tour of the U.S. this summer. I'm really excited to be back in cohoots with my old buddies and share that tingly feeling when we perform.
"I've been crazy busy since coming off tour and never get the chance to sleep in anymore! I have been working on my solo record, which will be a double album due for a November release. It's gonna be awesome, with many different musical influences like rock, punk, R&B as well as an eclectic blend that we've come up with over the years. Can't wait for everyone to hear it. I'm also in the process of writing my autobiography along with famed writer David Ritz, also due out toward the end of the year. It will be a collection of stories, experiences and lessons throughout my life. Definitely a good read.
"Well, I gotta hit the studio now. Ill do my best to check in every now and then. I want you to know, I ALWAYS appreciate the love and support and am excited to give you all a great tour."
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is scheduled to play the part of "Luke" in the upcoming horror film "The Graves." Filming begins this month and an October release date has been set. Check out details at IMDB.
Rap metal legends Stuck Mojo have posted the following update:
"Stuck Mojo, when first starting out, received some high profile tour opportunities to open for some great bands; some of it was luck, some of it was based on shear talent. We have never forgotten those experiences and today, in the spirit of those times, we give bands the same opportunity by having them come tour with us! When you come see us on tour this June, make sure to check out a couple of bands you might not normally be familiar with or have had the opportunity to see! Stuck Mojo proudly welcomes HATEFIST from Seattle and VENDETTA from the UK as our tour support! Take some time, check out their links below and come pit for them when we come to a city near you!!"
Former Divine Heresy vocalist Tommy Cummings has spoken with MetalInjection.net about his split with the band aswell as an insight to what you can expect from him in the future. You can check out the video below. More...
MUNICIPAL WASTE have confirmed their US tour schedule supporting AT THE GATES this summer. DARKEST HOUR and TOXIC HOLOCAUST are also on the bill.
Dates are as follows:
9 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
11 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
12 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley
13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
14 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
15 - Sauget, IL - Pop’s
17 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
18 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
21 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
24 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
25 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
26 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
27 - Hollywood, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
Beginning on May 2, Kataklysm fans can begin purchasing two exclusive tracks "Taking The World By Storm" and "Breathe To Dominate" that will only available at the Nuclear Blast Europe Music Shop.
Kataklysm's forthcoming album, "Prevail," is set for release via Nuclear Blast Records on May 23rd (Europe) and May 27th (North America).
Neuraxis, Fuck the Facts and Gross Misconduct will be touring Canada this June. Tour dates confirmed so far are in western Canada.
Gross Misconduct have stated on their web site that they "are working on dates to fill out the remainder of June by ourselves. We plan to hit up Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec."
Here is the list of tour dates:
Jun. 8 Calgary - Underground
Jun. 9 Kamloops - Chilli's Bar
Jun. 11 Victoria - Logan's
Jun. 12 Vancouver - The Cobalt
Jun. 13 Prince George - Columbus Community Centre
Jun. 14 Edmonton - The Meadhall
Jun. 15 Regina - The Exchange
Jun. 16 Saskatoon - Walker's
Finland's melodic death metallers MyGrain has announced a few new upcoming gigs in Finland this summer:
May 30 Joensuu - Karjalantalon Kellari (w/ Profane Omen)
Jun. 7 Tampere - Inferno (Sauna Open Air Afterparty)
Jul. 26 Pietarsaari - Music Club Jeppis
Here are some more upcoming MyGrain dates:
May 2 Helsinki - Gloria (w/ Moonsorrow)
May 3 Seinäjoki - Bar 15 (w/ Kiuas)
Jul. 26 Pietarsaari - Music Club Jeppis
Aug. 9 Lammi - Pellavarock (w/ Bloodbath, Rytmihäiriö, Sotajumala, Kiuas, Hateform, Tracedawn)
Aug. 23 Tammela - Urheilukenttä (Thrashia Läpi Yön Metal Festival)
Former CRADLE OF FILTH guitarist James McIlroy — who left the band in 2005 — has joined forces with ex-BIOMECHANICAL drummer Matt C. in a new band called CHAOSANCT. The group is currently shopping a demo to interested labels and is hoping to begin work on its debut album later in the year. Among the songtitles that appear on the CD are "I of Goliath" and "Slither."
James McIlroy (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH) - Guitar
Matt C (ex-BIOMECHANICAL) - Drums
Dave R Kuchta - Vocals
Andrew Ongley (SAMAS TRAUM) - Guitar
Tilman Wolff-Moore (SAMSAS TRAUM) - Bass
Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover was one of the featured guests on CHOM 97.7 FM's "The Metal File" with Mike Metal this past Friday night, April 25. Shawn talks about the current success of Gigantour (which features In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire) across North America and more. You can now listen to the interview in streaming audio at this location.
Pennsylvania’s CENTURY has launched the band’s interactive website to coincide with the release of the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, "Black Ocean," featuring downloadable content, band history, news, tour dates, a chance to solve an interactive cipher puzzle for an exclusive, as-yet unreleased track, and behind the scenes footage and videos from both "Black Ocean," and CENTURY’s previous effort, "Faith And Failure." Also included is the video clip for the record’s title track, “Black Ocean.”
MySpace Metal has unveiled the MySpace debut of the “Black Ocean” video as well. The video saw its television debut on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball earlier in April. Recorded and produced by CENTURY frontman Carson Slovak, the debut video from "Black Ocean" was co-written along with the band by J. Sifl, the enigmatic mastermind behind SifBlog. Mastered by Kim Rosen of West Westside Studios, "Black Ocean" is two years in the making, following "Faith And Failure," which saw a 2006 release through Tribunal Records.
Here are the latest Century tour dates:
5/16 York, PA - Smalls
with Time of Cholera, Pack of Wolves:
5/17 Pittsburgh, PA – The School
5/18 Delaware – House Show
5/19 Lemoyne, PA – The Champ
5/20 Baltimore, MD – Talking Head Club
5/21 Washington, DC – The Red & The Black
5/22 Fredericksburg, VA – KC’s
5/23 Richmond, VA – Ramakins
5/25 Muncy, PA – The Ritz (with Time of Cholera)
5/31 Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon (with August Burns Red)
6/27 Lancaster, PA – Siren Records (with Cable Irepress, Gholas)
6/28 New York, NY – Ace of Clubs (with Cable, Tombs)
8/02 Reading, PA – The Silo (with A Well Thought Tragedy, Your Requiem)
The following message had been posted on Vader's official web site regarding their XXV-Anniversary Tour 2008:
"On 21st of April in Berlin, war machine Vader kicked off the anniversary tour in Europe. The first week of the tour was nothing but great! All the shows we played so far were just fantastic, many metalheads came to see Vader and special guest acts of the tour- Septic Flesh, Devian, Inactive Messiah. 'XXV-Anniversary Tour 2008' is a great opportunity to see the leading European death metal act (and one of the best groups of death metal genre in the world) in its top condition. After 25 years they are more dangerous than ever, playing killer sets every single night. Best show so far was definitely in Antwerpen where 650 maniacs unleashed pure hell! Fantastic turnout (for so extreme genre of music) in Hannover (300), Haarlem (290), Leuuwarden (300)... "
Turklish black metal band Episode 13 has part ways with their vocalist Tolgahan. After a two year break, the founding member and voice, Ozan Akyol, has rejoined the unholy union. You can check out some of Episode 13's material on their MySpace page.
After teaming up to write, Michelle Meldrum and Gene Hoglan recently announced MELDRUM’s new member lineup before entering the studio to record tracks for their new album in Los Angeles, CA on April 29.
MELDRUM’s new lineup features: Australian metal vocalist Michele Madden (Tourettes), Laura Christine (Warface), Gene Hoglan (Death, Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad) and Michelle Meldrum.
The new album, in which band members strive to transcend anything previously recorded, will follow up their last CD Blowin’ Up The Machine, which released last year on Frontiers/Locomotive.
According to Michelle Meldrum, “The new songs are slammin’, heavier and more exciting than ever. I am honored to work with Michele Madden, she is an amazing singer with an extremely heavy voice and a huge range. We are venturing into new territory sonically, and can’t wait to perform the new material live. Laura Christine is beyond awesome and definitely brings a heavy edge with her background experience from WARFACE, and…well, Gene is a drum god and his history speaks for itself. It’s a new era for the band and it feels great.”
Gene Hoglan added, “Both Michelle and I are super-excited to be working with the amazingly-talented and ultra-gorgeous Michelle Madden, and we welcome her with open arms into the MELDRUM family. We‘ve been writing a ton of new, ballcrushing, METAL-as-fuck songs in celebration of the leggy one’s arrival on our shores. I’ve had the utmost respect for the past five years, and always considered Madden to be, in every awesome and cool use of the term, a rock star. BIG respect, absolutely, and I can’t believe I actually get to play in a band with one of my all-time favorite vocalists. I’m real psyched, and no one in their right mind is gonna disagree with the fact that this band has just gotten WAAAY mightier with our new addition. Fuckin’ rights.”
MELDRUM plan to unveil sneak peaks from their studio sessions on their website in coming weeks, with news on the new release and tours forthcoming.
After playing under the name Dahlgren Prophecy for the past two and a half years, the Frederick, Maryland metal band has decided to change their name to Dismal Tide. The main reason for this is due to changes in line up and the direction of the newer material. "We are no longer the same band that we used to be, and so it's only fitting to change the name to go with the new directions," the band states.
Dismal Tide will head into the studio with Mike Schleibaum in late June and is expecting to have a new release by mid- to late summer.
You can check out some new material from their 2008 demo on their MySpace page.