Metal News for May 10, 2007
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Scranton, PA metalcore band The Storm have decided to go on an indefinite hiatus following the departure of vocalist AJ Lescher and bassist Marc Wheeler. The two couldn't commit to the band's touring schedule, but have instead focused their musical energy towards their new band, Congo. You can check them out here.
Gaza, The Handshake Murders, and Destroyer Destroyer will be touring together in June. The following tour dates have been confirmed so far:
5/31 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
6/1 El Paso, TX @ House of Rock and Roll
6/2 Phoenix, AZ @ The One Place
6/3 San Diego, CA @ Soma Side Stage
6/5 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
6/6 Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project
6/7 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
6/8 Redding, CA @ The Plaza
6/10 Ogden, UT @ The Country Club Theatre
6/12 Denver, CO @ Sox Place
6/13 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
6/15 Morgantown, WV @ Flipside
6/16 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
6/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Italian American Social Club
6/19 Wilmore, KY @ Ichthus Farm
6/20 New London, CT @ El N Gee
6/28 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
6/29 Little Rock, AR @ Vino's
Another live performance video of Kittie has been posted online at the Underground Video Television website. This clip is for their track “Everything That Could Have Been” which was filmed at Northern Lights in Clifton Park NY during the band’s tour run with Walls Of Jericho, 36 Crazyfists, Dead To Fall and In This Moment.
Founding members of the seminal Goth/Punk band CHRISTIAN DEATH, under the name CD1334, will be performing the landmark first album ONLY THEATRE OF PAIN at the SHOCK-N-ROLL SPOOKTACULAR, part of the FANGORIA WEEKEND OF HORRORS Friday May 18 at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel at 9PM. The show will be an all ages event with a bar for the over 21 crowd.
2007 marks the 25th anniversary of the ONLY THEATRE OF PAIN album and founding members George Belanger, James McGearty and Rikk Agnew wanted to do something special for the occasion. Since singer Rozz Willaims had sadly passed away , the band enlisted Williams’ ex-wife Eva O. to sing the songs and added guitarist Jaime Pina and keyboardist Le Rue De Lashay to flesh out the sound while appearing under the new name CD 1334. Belanger had to drop out due to family matters and former Williams’ associate Christian Omar Madrigal Izzo was brought in on drums.
Frontier Records has pressed a limited silver anniversary edition of the vinyl that will only be available when the band plays this year. The band’s performance at the Henry Fonda Theatre last month was a highly emotional event with people flying in from all over the world to experience the original members re-creating the magik of what a CHRISTIAN DEATH concert was like while pushing it into a new era. The band will be performing the album in its entirety as well as the songs from Hell Comes To Your House and the Deathwish e.p. as well a new song titled “Rites”.
Artists Following in the footsteps of bands such as DECAPITATED, VADER, WITCHMASTER and ANIMA DAMNATA, UK Black/Death Battalion SPEARHEAD have announced plans to enter Poland’s Hertz Recording Studios in June/July of this year to record their next album.
This will be the sophomore release for the band, whose debut album, “Deathless Steel Command”, appeared in 2005. “When The Pillars Fall”, a promo EP of demo tracks from the forthcoming album, and was released in 2006 as a “taster” and can be heard on the band’s official MySpace page at www.myspace.com/spearheadofficial.
SPEARHEAD is scheduled to play Ireland’s Day Of Darkness Festival alongside bands such as CANDLEMASS, ENTOMBED and SABBAT on the 7th July, and will travel to Germany on the 20th July to join a line-up that includes ANCIENT RITES, DESASTER and NEGURA BUNGET, for the Hell’s Pleasure Festival."
DIMMU BORGIR has entered the Norwegian album chart at No. 1 with its latest effort, "In Sorte Diaboli" — the first time a black metal act has ever topped a national album chart anywhere in the world. SATYRICON's "Now, Diabolical" and DIMMU BORGIR's last release, "Death Cult Armageddon", previously reached the No. 2 position on the Norwegian album chart.
DIMMU BORGIR's chart-topper comes just a week after "In Sorte Diaboli" reached No. 43 on The Billboard 200, making them the first Norwegian band since the Eighties pop act A-HA to crack the U.S. Top 50, reports the Norwegian music industry weekly Faro Journalen.
Stein Ostbo reviewed "In Sorte Diaboli" for Norway's biggest daily newspaper Verdens Gang (VG), and gave it the highest possible rating (6 out of 6). He says DIMMU BORGIR's No. 1 is nothing less than the most radical achievement in the history of the Norwegian charts.
"Because of the black metal genre's extreme expression, I would characterize this as the most astonishing thing that has ever happened on the Norwegian charts," he says.
Espen Solheim RÃ¸hne at Indie Distribution, which handles Nuclear Blast Records' releases in Norway, says the label expected to have a No. 1 album with DIMMU BORGIR's latest. He says the company decided to start advertising on TV earlier than originally planned, and if the album continues to sell well in its second week, they will buy more TV spots for "In Sorte Diaboli".
"We are in discussion with cable network TV 3 to buy more airtime from them, but we will continue advertising on TV through the end of May, no matter what happens," he says.
Solheim Rohne says the No. 1 is especially impressive when you consider the competition.
"When you watch TV in the evening, it seems like there are MIKA and ELTON JOHN spots in every commercial break," he explains. "This achievement with DIMMU BORGIR is exactly what everybody in this business is striving for: release good records that sell well, and when you reach No. 1 it's just perfect."
The CD also sold extremely well in such countries as Sweden, Finland, Austria and Switzerland, and last week reached No. 43 on the American Billboard chart. Unfortunately, the Norwegian band can forget about achieving the same results in England. More...
A studio mix of another new GUNS N' ROSES song, "There Was a Time", was leaked on Sunday, May 6, making it the fourth new GN'R track in two days to be released via the Internet ("The Blues", "Chinese Democracy" and "I.R.S." were leaked two days earlier). "There Was a Time" (also known as "T.W.A.T.") was played live only twice — at the first New York City warm-up show on May 12, 2006 and Madrid, Spain on May 25, 2006 — and was mentioned as one of GN'R singer Axl Rose's favorites in an interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine in January 2006. All tracks are rumored to be set for inclusion on GUNS N' ROSES' upcoming album "Chinese Democracy".
"Chinese Democracy" is the first GUNS N' ROSES album since the 1993 covers collection "The Spaghetti Incident". In the ensuing decade, the group has lost every original member besides singer Axl Rose and burned through a reported $13 million in recording expenses.
Longtime GUNS N' ROSES associate Del James revealed in a February 2007 online posting that "Chinese Democracy" was in the "mixing" stage.
GUNS N' ROSES has announced that the band's 2007 world tour will begin on June 2 in Monterrey, Mexico. Launch dates in South Africa and Japan were bumped due to a wrist injury sustained by bassist Tommy Stinson.
SOILENT GREEN has lined up the following dates durng June:
Jun. 08 - Mojo Monkey's - Lafayette, LA
Jun. 09 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA
Jun. 15 - The Blue Monkey Tavern - Monroe, LA
Jun. 16 - The Muse - Nashville, TN
Jun. 22 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
Harakiri have posted the following update regarding the addition of their new singer:
"First of all, many thanks to all of the people who submitted for the harakiri vocalist position. We received some good submissions, and we really want to thank those who took the time for this. This was a very hard thing for us to do, and a tough decision to make. We love Matt as a friend and a vocalist, but we had to move on as 'kiri is still in our blood. We weren't looking for a weak imitation of Matt or someone trying to clone him otherwise. We were looking for someone with strong vocals, a vicious attack, and the ability to write interesting and intelligent lyrics. In our opinion the new guy would have some big shoes to fill. At this time, We'd like to announce Aaron Davis as the new member of Harakiri. His vocals, lyrics, confidence, and enthusiasm grabbed our attention from the beginning. I know its hard to add a new member to any band, especially a vocalist position, but we are confident he is more than capable of the job. Now hopefully he can put up with our shit. Please welcome Aaron to the band!" More...
More dates have been announced for ENSLAVED's upcoming North American headlining tour, which is scheduled to take place in November/December. The tour will go on sale exclusively through EnterTheVault.com on May 11. Tickets will become available through regular ticketing channels on June 1.
The lineup for the trek is as follows:
ENSLAVED, ARSIS, THE AGONIST:
Nov. 03 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub *
Nov. 04 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall *
Nov. 06 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
Nov. 07 - Hartford CT @ Webster Theatre
Nov. 08 - New York City NY @ B.B. Kings Blues
Nov. 09 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
ENSLAVED, THE FACELESS, ARSIS, THE AGONIST:
Nov. 10 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
Nov. 11 - Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
Nov. 12 - Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial de Quebec
Nov. 13 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Nov. 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's DownUnder
Nov. 15 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
Nov. 16 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Nov. 17 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Nov. 20 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Nov. 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Nov. 24 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Nov. 25 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Nov. 26 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
Nov. 27 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
Nov. 28 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Nov. 30 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Dec. 01 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater *
Dec. 02 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Dec. 04 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
* New dates
Swedish grinders EXHALE will be embarking on a short U.S. tour this month. The following are the currently confirmed dates:
May 18 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards
May 19 - Freeport, NY @ Odin’s Tavern
May 24 - Carlstadt, NJ @ Axis Lounge w/ Dead Infection, Sexcrement
May 27 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest V)
Up-and-coming Swedish metal band AVATAR recently entered the studio to record its second album, due later in the year through Gain Records. "We're finally sober enough to do the final recording sessions for the album," the group writes on its web site. "The first date is set to be May 21. The album will come with a DVD featuring live videos, interviews and a fat bunch of bonus material! Excited? Well, you CAN'T be as excited as we are!!!"
AVATAR toured Europe with EVERGREY in October-November 2006 and Scandinavia with IN FLAMES in March 2007. They have also played shows with such bands as ARCH ENEMY, STONE SOUR, DISMEMBER, IMPALED NAZARENE, and MARDUK since the release of their first album, "Thoughts of No Tomorrow", last year.
The average age of AVATAR members is only 19, and the group is being hailed by media and fans as the band that will carry the world-famous Gothenburg sound "into the future with new energy!"
For more information on AVATAR, visit www.avatar.net.
Australia's symphonic/gothic/classical act VIRGIN BLACK has announced some of the tour dates for its upcoming North American tour in support of the recently released album "Requiem - Mezzo Forte" (on The End Records). The band will tour with labelmates UNEXPECT in early June, play a few shows in Mexico and then return to the United States to tour with Finland's TO/DIE/FOR. confirmed dates are as follows:
Jun. 17 - Mac's Bar - Lansing, MI
Jun. 18 - The Note - Chicago, IL
Jun. 19 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
Jun. 20 - Funhouse - Toronto, ON
Jun. 21 - Sapphire Club - Montreal, QC
VIRGIN BLACK only:
Jun. 22 - Cafe Iguana - Monterrey, Mexico
Jun. 23 - Circo Volador - Distrito Federal, Mexico
With TO/DIE/FOR, SHATTER MESSIAH, EPICUREAN:
Jun. 27 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Jun. 28 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Jun. 29 - Breakers Muisc Hall - Atlanta, GA
Jul. 03 - Bonds 007 - San Antonio, TX
Jul. 04 - Redrum - Austin, TX
Jul. 07 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
Jul. 08 - The Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA
Jul. 10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Jul. 14 - The Rock - Maplewood, MN
n e-card for the new NOCTURNAL RITES album, "The 8th Sin", is available at this location. The e-card features streaming versions of several tracks off "The 8th Sin", the band's video for the song "Never Again", the group's latest tour dates as well as a chance win exclusive NOCTURNAL RITES t-shirts.
Saturday May 9 I had the opportunity to sit down and get in the head of the frontwoman of one of the most politically active bands to date. I interviewed Otep Shamaya of the band that bares her name, the awesome Otep. The interview went very well, I discovered we share the same political views and that their new album is definately going to be their best to date. Otep was very down to earth, personabale, and overall amazing person to talk with. The interview is as follows: More...
Kansas City metal act Molech have signed with Disgorge Media. The group is set to begin recording their debut album with Adam Mitchell (The Esoteric), with Mitchell also handling all drumming duties while the band searches for a full time drumming replacement for therecently departed Mickey Ortiz. The effort is currently untitled, but is due out by the end of the summer. A demo track without vocals can be heard on their MySpace page.
The upcoming release of UK death metal giants Akercocke’s latest album ‘Antichrist’ has caused uproar amongst Northern Ireland’s religious community, and is set to be the subject of a major religious debate live on BBC1 Northern Ireland.
The overtly satanic content contained within ‘Antichrist’ has come under attack by religious forces, leading to the band's vocalist Jason Mendonca facing a head- to-head live TV debate that will air on BBC1’s ‘Nolan Live’ show. The debate will be broadcast live via satellite link at 10.45pm on BBC Northern Ireland following Akercocke’s gig on May 16th at Nottingham’s Rock City. This meeting of minds is sure to stir waves of controversy ahead of their show in Belfast on May 18th and Dublin on May 19th, and with the ‘Antichrist’ misson statement in full force, Akercocke are sure to voice their closely held satanic beliefs.
To find out more about ‘Antichrist’ and to listen exclusively to the track ‘Summon The Antichrist’ that has ignited this controversy, head over to the band's MySpace page.
‘Antichrist’ will be released in the UK on Earache Records on Monday May 28th (UK) and on July 17th in the USA.
Stephen Nolan's show can be viewed online here.
Sydney, Australia-based metallers DAYSEND will release their sophomore album, "The Warning", on May 28 through Faultline Records/Stomp Distribution. The follow-up to 2003's "Severance", was produced by dw Norton at Backbeach Recording Studios in Victoria, Australia and marks the band's first release with vocalist Mark McKernan. A song from the effort, entitled "No Regrets", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Commented bassist Meredith Webster: "The songs are definitely in a heavier vein than 'Severance', but we have by no means lost the melodic touch. We've had a pretty full on few years, and it was bound to show in our music — the whole writing and recording process has been pretty cathartic for us all. We are going to bleed these tunes when we take to the stage again!" More...
French heavy metallers NIGHTMARE have posted a couple of new videos on YouTube. Check out a clip of the band performing "Heretic" at France's Hellfest in 2006 and video footage of the group playing "The Legend" during their comeback gig in Grenoble, France in 1999.
NIGHTMARE has entered Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL, DREAM EVIL) to begin recording its sixth studio album. After three albums that were helmed by Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes, the band has now opted for a new challenge. The follow-up to 2005's "The Dominion Gate" will be released in the fall by Sweden's Regain Records. A European tour will follow. The band has also joined forces with international booking agent MDM Concerts in Germany in cooperation with Blue Steel Agency. More...
SIRENIA has scheduled the following tour dates:
May 19 - Folken - Stavanger, Norway
Jun. 16 - Hold Kjeft - Kristiansand, Norway (first show; all ages)
Jun. 16 - Hold Kjeft - Kristiansand, Norway (second show is not all ages)
Jun. 23 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
Aug. 16 - Metal Heart Festival - Notodden, Norway
Aug. 18 - Summer Breeze - Dinkelbühl, Germany
Oct. 20 - Metal Female Voices Fest V - Wieze, Belgium
Norwegian black metal band BLACK HOLE GENERATOR, which includes members of TAAKE, VULTURE INDUSTRIES, AETERNUS, GRIMFIST and DEATHCON, has been selected as one of Solarfall radio's "Artists of the Month" for May. The band will feature on the "Hellfire" show, which airs every Thursday between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. CST (between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. CET) on www.solarfall.com.
As well as preparing to record the band's new album, vocalist Bjornar Nilssen, owner of the Conclave Media Studios in Bergen (together with Herbrand Larsen and Arve Isdal of ENSLAVED), will himself enter the studio shortly to produce the next album from DEAD TO THIS WORLD, the band fronted by former IMMORTAL bassist Iscariah.
A new video for the title track of BLACK HOLE GENERATOR's "Black Karma" mini-CD has been posted on the band's MySpace page.
Long-running Danish "black horror metal" band DENIAL OF GOD will play four shows in Finland in September. Support wil come from GALLHAMMER (Japan) and DARKENED NOCTURN SLAUGHTERCULT (Germany).
Upcoming DENIAL OF GOD shows:
May 26 - Festung Open Air, Bitterfeld, Germany
Jul. 20 - Lizard Lounge, Adelaide, Australia
Jul. 21 - Tote Hotel Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia (18+ show)
Jul. 22 - Tote Hotel Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia (under 18 show)
Jul. 27 - Club Phoenix, Brisbane, Australia
Jul. 28 - TBA, Sydney, Australia
Jul. 29 - TBA, Canberra, Australia
Sep. 26 - Nightlife Rock, Helsinki, Finland
Sep. 27 - Henry's Pub, Kuopio, Finland
Sep. 28 - YO-Talo, Tampere, Finland
Sep. 29 - S-Osis, Turku, Finland More...
Oakland, California metallers HIGH ON FIRE have announced the following upcoming live dates:
20 - Mangy Moose - Teton Village WY
21 - The Other Side - Missoula MT
22 - venue tba - Bozeman MT (tbc)
24 - Aquarium - Fargo ND
25 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis MN *
26 - Mad Planet - Milwaukee WI *
27 - Otto’s Club - DeKalb IL *
28 - Subterranean - Chicago IL *
29 - Wicker Park Summerfestival - Chicago IL *
30 - Waiting Room - Omaha NE
31 - Larimer Lounge - Denver CO
*with DON CABALLERO
Italian power metallers KALEDON have posted a video of the band working on a new song for their next album. You can view it here.
Kaledon released their Chapter 4: Twilight Of The Gods album in Europe in December, 2006 via Universal Metal Production. The album was recorded at Rome, Italy's The Outer Sound Studios.
Upcoming Kaledon live dates include:
13 - Headbangers Open Air - Hamburg, Germany
11 - Agglutination Festival - Potenza, Italy
12 - I Sotterranei - Lecce, Italy
11 - NordWind Pub - Bari, Italy More...
The track 'Deeprooted' from the new Manes album 'How the world came to an end' is now available for listening at the bands official MySpace profile.
This song will also be released as a part of an iTunes only release due out monday 14th of May. The tracklisting for the 'Deeprooted' webrelease is:
- Deeprooted (edit)
- Deeprooted (fox treatment)
- The cure-all (lost time mix)
Comments the band: "The 'fox treatment' remix of Deeproted is more complex and fragmented than the original, but maybe even heavier and more beatdriven at the same time. The "lost time" remix of 'The cure-all' is done by RachMiel who may be known to those who reads his monthly columns in Computer Music or Electronic Musician. There he writes about alternative ways of structuring music and stuff like experimenting with time and silence. Very cool stuff indeed. His remix is basically based around trying to remove the aspect of time from the music, and letting it move more free in form. Something we find very facinating and has ended in a really great remix."
The new Manes album 'How the world came to an end' is out now on Candlelight Records.