Metal News for May 10, 2008
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22 news articles posted on this day.
Oh, Sleeper will kick off a two-week tour in mid-July with support from Spoken, Emarosa, Belle Epoque, and VersaEmerge. Here are the latest tour dates:
7/11 Cordova, TN @ Skatepark of Memphis
7/12 Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
7/13 Saint Louis, MO @ Club UR
7/14 Tinley Park, IL @ Mojoes Rock House
7/16 La Crosse, WI @ Warehouse
7/17 Willmar, MN @ Willmar Civic Center Grounds(Sonshine Fest)
7/19 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
7/20 Mt. Vernon, IL @ The Living Room
7/21 Tulsa, OK @ Crush Lounge
7/22 Little Rock, AR @ Vinos
7/23 Wichita Falls, TX @ The Hangar
7/24 Austin, TX @ Red 7
7/25 McAllen, TX @ South Texas College
7/26 Fort Worth/Dallas, TX @ The Door
Virginia’s Shuddersome has announced the first rough track, entitled “Stoned to Doom” from their upcoming album, “Nightmare Made Reality” is available now on their Myspace page.
Guitarist Chris Stoffel states: "We love the entire album. Its turning out so great we couldn't wait to release a track, so we put a rough mix up. It seems our sound has evolved quite a bit - we've gotten a lot heavier, and alot more over the top. But thats exactly what we're going for. We've added a lot of keyboard parts in to most of the songs to thicken them up a bit. This is just the tip of the iceburg though! Wait until you hear the rest of the album."
“Nightmare Made Reality” is due out this spring on Open Grave Records.
Las Vegas festival Vegoose will not happen in 2008, according to Jonathan Mayers, president of Superfly Presents, which co-produces Vegoose with A.C. Productions. Mayers stops short of saying that Vegoose is permanently gone and says that it may resurface in a different form.
Vegoose debuted in 2005 as a Halloween season, multi-venue music festival, with headliners Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Beck and others performing at Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. The first year grossed $4.6 million with more than 72,000 attendance, but revenues and attendance declined to just $2.2 million and 36,781 last year, according to Billboard Boxscore.
Last year's festival featured the recently reunited Rage Against The Machine as a headliner.
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
Polish gore grind death metal band NUCLEAR VOMIT recently signed a two-album deal with Mad Lion Records. The first will be titled “Obora” and will contain 15 tracks of "the purest annihilation into the most destrictive way." The samples can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Progressive Nation 2008 swung by Calgary, AB this weekend for a two-night musical extravaganza, featuring Dream Theater, Opeth, 3 and Between the Buried and Me.
While much of the sold-out crowd was still working its way through the doors at Friday’s show, the Woodstock, NY-based 3 kicked things off in MacEwan Hall. A wild blend of acoustic and electric guitars and a keyboardist pulling double duty as a second drummer fired up the crowd and a lot of people who came just for Opeth or Dream Theater were drawn into the hall, rather than going straight for the beer gardens – a rare feat for opening bands at shows of this caliber. A high energy stage presence and an increasing heaviness and rapidity to their music left the crowd wanting more – and 3’s frontman Joey Eppard probably wanting some new guitar strings as they snapped up from his acoustic at the end of their final song, “Amaze Disgrace.” When I caught up with him after the show and commented on the serious string breakage going on up there, he gleaned proudly and stated “I broke all of them!” Turns out the guy plays so hard, his Knucklehead strings can’t always keep up. Sometimes they stand up to the abuse, sometimes they don’t. Somebody get this guy an endorsement! More...
Darkest Hour co-founder and guitarist, Mike Schleibaum, has launched a new online advice column, called AsktheDude.net.
"I always try to save and answer every email I get as a band member. Eventually I began to see that I could just post the answers in an advice blog or column, and well, AskTheDude was born."
A little fun, and mostly serious, Schleibaum draws on his 13 years of touring, recording, partying, and writing (plus a little known degree in Social Work from George Mason University) to answer all those burning questions out there.
"Let's face it, after all these years, I've probably made all the mistakes for you."
Along for the ride is long time tour manager and road legend Tito Picon. Tito will kick off a guest advisors section along with a "From the Road" interview page. His first interview, with Guitarist Nergal of black/death metal giants Behemoth, is up now.
Check it out, maybe you're having trouble booking your first show, maybe your bassist's girlfriend wants to manage the band, or maybe you just want advice on the fastest way to learn the solo to ‘Crazy Train'. Whatever they are, send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Dude" will be taking your questions live and jamming some tunes on XM Radio's killer metal station, Liquid Metal Channel #42 (if you have direct TV tune in to number 841). If you don't have XM you can download the free trial. It's good for 14 days. Make sure to call in toll free (866) 466 9656 with your band questions, problems, or opinions at 4:30 PM EST Monday May 12th.
The "Monsters Of The Deep Tour" will take place in August and feature With Blood Comes Cleansing, Vanna, The Banner, Across Five Aprils, A Plea For Purging, Burden Of A Day, and This Very Day. Here are the latest tour dates:
8/12 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
8/13 Wilmington, NC @ Luckys
8/14 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
8/15 Linthicum, MD @ St. Christophers
8/16 Manchester, NH @ Rockos
8/17 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
8/18 Clinton, NJ @ Aquifer
8/20 N. Tonawanda, NY @ The American Legion
8/21 Grand Rapids, MI @ Skelletones
8/22 South Bend, IN @ RPMP
8/23 Dayton, OH @ The Attic
8/24 Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
8/27 Tulsa, OK @ The Crush Lounge
8/28 Dallas, TX @ The Door
8/29 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
8/30 Houston, TX @ The Javajazz
8/31 Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
Love As Arson Booking Agency will hold the first ever Love As Arson Fest on July 15th at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY. The show starts at 5 pm and tickets are $12 in advance ($14 at the door). Here's the line-up:
With Dead Hands Rising
The Breathing Process
The World We Knew
The Silence And The Serenity
Graves Of Valor
Before The Massacre
From The Ashes Of A Tragedy
Demonlily Entertainment LLC has announced the finalized set list for the third annual Montana Metalfest in Missoula on May 17th. The show will take place on two stages and will include the following bands:
At Home In Hell
Universal Choke Sign
River Runs Red
Switch Off Safety
Walking Corpse Syndrome
Six Days Under
The entire concert will be filmed and a DVD will be released later this year.
French black metal band Glorior Belli have inked a deal with Candlelight Records in Europe and Battle Kommand Records in North America to re-release their debut album "Ô Lavdate Dominvs". The album will be remastered by at Echoes Studio by Raphaël Henry and will feature a revised layout.
The band has also announced that work has begun on their third album, but no album title or release date have been set.
BORIS recently announced it's latest North American tour beginning in June with opening support from Torche. Lair Of the Minotaur has just been added to the July 22 to August 3 dates.
Here are the latest tour dates:
06/24/2008 Casbah - San Diego, CA
06/25/2008 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
06/27/2008 Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
06/28/2008 The Mohawk - Austin, TX
06/29/2008 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
07/01/2008 Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
07/02/2008 Common Grounds - Gainesville, FL
07/03/2008 The Social - Orlando, FL
07/05/2008 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
07/06/2008 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
07/08/2008 Black Cat - Washington, DC
07/09/2008 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
07/10/2008 Webster Hall - New York, NY
07/11/2008 The Middle East - Cambridge, MA
07/12/2008 La Sala Rosa - Montreal, QC
07/13/2008 Barrymore - Ottawa, ON
07/14/2008 Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
07/15/2008 Tralf - Buffalo, NY
07/16/2008 Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
07/17/2008 Diesel - Pittsburgh, PA
07/18/2008 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
07/19/2008 Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI
07/20/2008 Pitchfork Music Festival / Union Park - Chicago, IL
07/22/2008 The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/23/2008 Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/25/2008 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/26/2008 Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/29/2008 Neumo's - Seattle, WA w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/30/2008 Vancouver, BC, Canada w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/31/2008 Thu Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre w/Lair of the Minotaur!
08/02/2008 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall w/Lair of the Minotaur!
08/03/2008 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex w/Lair of the Minotau
New Jersey technical death metallers, The Binary Code, issue the following update from the studio on their MySpace:
“So, yesterday went SMOOTH as can be. Drums were recording Au Natural. No triggers, no sound replacements, nothing. Just the mics and the drums, no bullshit. They sound ILL! Same set up as last time with the drums.”
”So, we got the drums down, they sound great, then we got the Guitars down, they sound sick! Different guitar tone this time. More...defined. The gain was almost off! It sounds KILLER!”
”Today is bass and vocals. We'll update you all tomorrow after we're done with the recording! Maybe we'll have a sample to post for you guys by Sunday night, or Monday afternoon.”
After recording, The Binary Code will be heading on a US tour with Mabus. Exact tour dates will be released soon.
Boston thrashers, Ravage, post the song "Freedom Fighter" on their MySpace page. "Freedom Fighter" is the title track of the new Ravage EP and will be featured on the band's forthcoming album entitled "The End Of Tommorow," which is due out in late 2008.
The EP release date has been delayed and the current official release is set for June 5th.
The "Freedom Fighter" EP track listing is as follows:
1. Freedom Fighter
2. Damn Nation
3. The Shredder
4. Grapes Of Wrath
5. Captive Of Sin
6. Be Quick Or Be Dead (IRON MAIDEN cover)
Mediaskare is proud to announce the addition of Queens, NY's ENDWELL to its ever-growing roster of genre pushing bands. The first release from the band through Mediaskare will be a 5 song EP titled 'Revenge Is A Healthy Motive', which will be available exclusively via iTunes and specialty shops on May 27th and at the band's live shows beginning May 25th. The tracks "Mike Tyson" and "Sympathy For All Sufferers" from the EP can be listened to on the band's MySpace page.
The band had the following to say about signing with Mediaskare:
"WE COULDN'T BE HAPPIER WITH THE CHOICE WE'VE MADE! We originally met Baron in LA when we were recording our last album and have kept in touch with him since...we got an all around great feeling for the label while we were on tour with our boys in As Blood Runs Black and there is no one we would rather be family with!" More...
Cryptopsy has just finished shooting a video with director David Brodsky for the new song "Worship Your Demons" from their upcoming album "The Unspoken King". According to their record label Century Media, the video "...captures the band’s unrelenting, frenetic stage energy and it is sure to catch your attention." Century Media stated the video will be posted online within the next few weeks.
The new album is set to be released on June 24th, to coincide with Cryptopsy's appearance on the Summer Slaughter tour.
The new songs "Worship Your Demons" and "Silence Your Tyrants" can be heard on the Cryptopsy e-card.
Florida metallers, Dead Mens Dreams, post a new song sample on their MySpace page entitled “Black Hearts Beat.” The song comes off their upcoming debut album, entitled "The Dead Are Dreaming," which has a release date of June 21.
Upcoming Dead Mens Dreams shows are as follows:
Jun 06 - Gainesville, Florida @ Backstage Lounge
Jun 21 - Orlando, Florida @ The Dungeon More...
Swedish melodic death metallers, Scar Symmetry, have posted a new song on their MySpace page, entitled "Morphogenesis." The song comes off their new album, "Holographic Universe," which will be released on June 20th.
The track listing for "Holographic Universe" is as follows:
02. Timewave Zero
04. Artificial Sun Projection
05. The Missing Coordinates
06. Ghost Prototype I (Measurement Of Thought)
07. Fear Catalyst
09. Prism And Gate
10. Holographic Universe
11. The Three-Dimensional Shadow
12. Ghost Prototype II (Deus Ex Machina)
Finnish gothic metal band Poisonblack announced the tracklisting for their upcoming album "A Dead Heavy Day" on their website today. The tracklisting will be as follows:
3. Left behind
4. Bear the cross
5. A dead heavy day
6. Me myself and I
9. The days between
11. Low life
12. Only you can tear me apart
The new album will be released in Europe on September 1st, but no official release date has been set for North America.
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach says he isn't in any hurry to join rock supergroup Velvet Revolver.
In an interview with on the The Buckethead Show on American radio station Tampa 98 Rock yesterday, the singer said he would find it "really awkward" joining VR.
"I've talked to Slash recently and I think it'd be really awkward for me to join that band," said bach. "Number one, my new record, Angel Down, I like it more than Velvet Revolver records. That's just being totally honest. I love Guns N' Roses' material, but I've got my own old songs - Skid Row - so for me, it would all depend on music. I wouldn't just join the band just to join the band."
However, Bach's not totally ruling out ever stepping into departed frontman Scott Weiland's shoes... Well, maybe not. More...
SONATA ARCTICA have issued the following update:
"In addition to the already announced US dates, two shows in Canada have been confirmed. Sonata Arctica (supporting NIGHTWISH) will play at Metropolis in Montreal on September 1st and at The Docks in Toronto on September 2nd. Presale tickets for these two shows are now available at www.enterthevault.com. Regular tickets go on sale on June 10th.
See the complete list of all confirmed shows below. More dates for this tour will be announced later." More...
METALLICA have posted the following update:
"As promised, June will see the re-release of Master Of Puppets on vinyl . . . the retro summer continues! Following on the heels of Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning, we dusted off the masters and MOP will come out in the same formats - a single disc at 33 rpm and a deluxe two disc version on 180 gram vinyl spinning at 45 rpm.
Look for Master on vinyl to hit the Metallica.com Store and your friendly local record shop on June 17th, 2008 in North America and damn close to that date in the rest of the world. You know the drill . . . we'll keep you posted here! And for those still following along, yes, Justice is up next . . . probably some time in August."
Metallica has announced yet another live performance in the U.S. in a posting online:
"Our friend Flea asked us if we could squeeze in one more day in Los Angeles and we just couldn't say "no", so we're honored to partake in the annual "Hullabaloo" benefit concert for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music to be held at the Wiltern Theatre on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, along with our buddies Scars on Broadway.
"Flea and fellow musician Keith Barry founded the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in 2001 to help fill the void left by music education program cuts in public schools. Money raised by the benefit will go into scholarships for low income students who would otherwise be unable to afford instruments and/or lessons and will help expand the school's summer camp program and fund a new building. For more information, check out www.silverlakeconservatory.com."
Tickets go on sale on Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 10:00 AM through www.ticketmaster.com and will be $200. A limited number of VIP tickets at $500 will be available only for purchase at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music (3920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039) or by calling 323-665-3363. VIP tickets include reserved Loge seating, giftbag, two drink tickets, and entry into the Silverlake Conservatory after party held at the Wiltern.
On the band's planned vinyl releases, following on the heels of "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride the Lightning," "Master of Puppets" will be released on vinyl and will hit the Metallica.com Store and your local record shop on June 17, 2008 in North America and close to that date in the rest of the world. There will be a single disc at 33 rpm and a deluxe two disc version on 180 gram vinyl spinning at 45 rpm.
"And Justice For All" is expected to get the vinyl treatment as well, with a tentative drop date in August.