Metal News for May 11, 2008
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25 news articles posted on this day.
Skumlove has made the following blog post about his new involvement with Danzig's Verotik project:
"So I got a phone call from Glenn Danzig tonight. For those that do not know Glenn put out some great erotic comic books called Verotik. Well he has decided to start filming shorts. And the first one will be for my favorite story from Veroik 9 called, "She Only Likes Men." Love the story so much I have a tatoo of the characther on my arm. Anyway he asked me to be in the movie.
"I will be playing the part of a guy tied to a chair wearing a ball gag.......Read the fucking story. LOL!"
MISERY INDEX entered the studio last week to begin recording the follow-up to their Relapse debut, "Discordia."
This album, tentatively titled "Traitors," is being recorded in Salem, MA with Kurt Ballou (DISFEAR, COLISEUM, GENGHIS TRON) at Ballou's Godcity Studios. Advance song titles include title track "Traitors", along with "Ghosts of Catalonia", "Thrown Into The Sun", and "Occupation." A late Summer/early Fall release is expected.
MISERY INDEX has recently posted a new song, "The Color Of Blood", taken from their recent split with MUMAKIL on the band's official MySpace page.
Initial tour dates have been announced for the HEIDENFEST TOUR 2008 featuring special guests Finntroll with Primordial, Eluveitie, Equilibrium, Manegarm, and Catamenia. The Heidenfest Tour will cross much of Europe, beginning in the late Fall. The tour dates are as follows:
31/Okt DE Leipzig Hellraiser
01/Nov DE Munich Backstage
02/Nov CH Pratteln Z7
03/Nov AT Graz Orpheum
04/Nov CZ Zlin Masters Of Rock Cafe
05/Nov DE Berlin Postbahnhof
06/Nov DE Hamburg Markthalle
07/Nov NL tba
08/Nov DE Essen Grugahalle *EXTENDED SHOW*
09/Nov FR Paris La Locomotive
10/Nov BE Antwerpen Hof Ter Loo
11/Nov DE Nuernberg Loewensaal
12/Nov DE Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
13/Nov DE Frankfurt Batschkapp
14/Nov AT Wien Gasometer
15/Nov AT Linz Posthof
16/Nov HU Budapest Petoefi Hall
Hailing From Pittsburgh, PA, five-piece experimental/screamo band Girlfight has signed with Emerald Moon Records. The band's EP is expected to be released this summer. In the meantime, you can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.
No Sleep Records and Los Angeles' Touche Amore are partnering up to release an eight-song 7" this spring/summer. According to No Sleep, "Touche Amore bring back some good ol' hardcore/screamo in the vein of American Nightmare, Majority Rule, The Hope Conspiracy and Orchid." You can listen to some of their material here.
In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of their third album, "The Elephant Riders," Clutch has posted the other four songs off the album on their MySpace page for streaming and free download. The songs will be available for download for a limited time only.
Washington, DC area metal band Fallen Martyr has been writing new material for a full album. They have six songs finished so far and plan to write another three or four to include on the album. The band will be taking a full month this summer to record these songs, with plans to release the CD by late July.
Fallen Martyr will will be playing one or two of these songs at their upcoming shows and are in the process of booking an extensive tour to support the yet-to-be-named album's release.
In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.
The long anticipated debut full length from gory death metal madmen UNBURIED will be unleashed very soon, currently aiming for a July release. "Slut Decapitator" will feature an extensive 12 page booklet showcasing exclusive artwork from underground artist and bassist for the band, Mark Riddick.
Toronto-based black metallers ECLIPSE ETERNAL have issued the following update:
"Hail all. We are proud to announce that Orcus, previously of PANZERFAUST, from here on forward will be our permenent bassist. This was an easy decision to make as he is an excellent basssit and a deadicated individual. We look foward to introducing him to live audiences in the near future. On that note, we will start booking shows starting in June outside Toronto. If you are interested contact us. Till we meet of the battlefield hold your head high and keep your weapons sharp."
Eclipse Eternal's new album, Ubermensch: Evolution Beyond The Species, is out now. The album was mixed in Sweden by Fredrick Nordstom (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, HAMMERFALL).
Japan’s COFFINS have released two tracks from their forthcoming new album, “Buried Death,” over at the group’s MySpace page. The album will be released on June 24th via 20 Buck Spin Records/Southern Lord.
IMPALED NAZARENE, EMETH, and ALL GUILTY will team up for the following Canadian tour dates this Summer:
July 22 - Moncton, NB @ Manhattan Bar & Grill
July 23 - Halifax, NS @ The Pavillon
July 24 - Montreal, QC @ The Théatre Plaza
July 25 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar le Magog
July 26 - Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
July 27 - Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Bar le Thrash
July 28 - London, ON @ The Embassy
July 29 - Toronto, ON @ The wreck Room
July 30 - Sudbury, ON @ The Serbian Center
Swedish death metallers, Souldrainer, issue the following update on their MySpace page:
"Hello friends! It was a while ago now.. We have been busting our asses with new material and today we recorded seven new butt kicking songs. We have left Mascot Records and now we are searching for a new label that will satisfy our needs. These songs are made as demo versions and will be used in the search for a label. Listening to the results from todays efforts we can only say it's really awesome how the recording turned out. It's been worth waiting for! wow! It sounds like we are moving towards a heavier sound (like we weren't heavy enough before huh?), more aggressive but yet in a Souldrainer-stylish way. Of course we still have the majestic foundation. Add a touch of evil on that and you are getting close to the new sound. Man, it's impossible to describe the new material with words, you gotta hear it - and you will!"
French progressive metallers ADAGIO - who recently announced the addition of Finnish singer Christian Palin - have issued the following sADAGIO Issue Studio Updatetudio update:
"Bass, guitars, drums and vocals lines are recorded. Stephan (Forté - guitar) is executing a gorgeous work on the orchestrations and guitar solos should be done next week. At the same time, Kevin (Codfert) is recording his keyboards solos and pianos parts in his studio. Both of them will begin the mix very soon (next week)."
"The name of the European label will be announced in the upcoming weeks and a French Headline Tour is already in talks for November 2008."
"Before this tour, some gigs have already been confirmed:
June 21: Reunion Island (close to Madagascar) plus Stephan and Eric's (Lebailly - drums) Masterclass.
July 3: Castle Festival in Serbia
July 25 : Blue Bitch (Beach Festival in Châteauneuf les Martigues (close to Marseille)."
"And last but not least, on June 10th, the band will start shooting the first Adagio clip for the song 'Fear Circus', one of the major song of the upcoming Archangels In Black album."
Metallica's new website, MissionMetallica.com, was launched today only to be shut down a few hours later. However you can still view the trailer that was on the website below. Also included below is a new interview with Metallica's infamous Lars Ulrich in which he gives details regarding the new website, album and tour dates.
The idea of the new MissionMetallica website is like that of bonus CDs which are sometimes included with album, documenting the making of the the new record. More...
Otep namesake and frontwoman Otep Shamaya has checked in with this update:
"This tour has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. To be able to connect with so many people (strangers who know nothing, but understand everything) through ART is an event so profound that there are no words to truly articulate and express the experience.
"Most people know that the band and I give 2,000 percent of ourselves on stage and though the medical professionals have warned me to 'take it easy up there' or I risk serious damage to my throat, it is not something I am aware of while lost in the experience of spiritual intercourse.
"Truth be told, I know only two speeds — ALL or NOTHING. More...
Eulogy guitarist Jarrett Pritchard has posted this update:
"Rob (Barrett - guitarist; also CANNIBAL CORPSE) and I sat down yesterday and did all of his trax for the demo...Mike (Pogionne - bass) came down last week and did bass. It all went incredibly well. So soon we will be doing vox. Jason (Avery - vocals) has recovered relatively well from the accident. The doctors have said he is ok to scream....when I was learning of the rest he needed, it became semi-funny remembering Nick Holmes from PARADISE LOST talking in an interview about popping his eye out from screaming. In our case this was a real possibility. But he has been cleared for strenuous activity. Any of you who have ever seen him live knows that he is relatively strenuous.
"Saw DIMMU and BEHEMOTH and lots of friends at Jannus Landing (in Tampa) last week. Good Show. One of the better I have seen in a long while. In about a month (July 8th), Cannibal Corpse is releasing a documentary DVD. It spans their entire career and should be pretty great. A whole bunch of us were included in it. Both Jason and I (Jarrett) were interviewed and as far as I know included in it. So needless to say we are excited about seeing our grills on camera in a retrospective of some important death metal history.
"As this demo thing draws to a close, my main concern next is festivals. If your doing one...get in touch."
Swedish blackened death metal band Zonaria have announced the first dates for their upcoming European tour with Vader and Grave. This marks the third European tour that Zonaria has done in support of their debut album, “Infamy And The Breed,” which was released in September of last year through Pivotal Rockordings.
Upcoming Zonaria European tour dates are as follows:
Oct 17 2008 - Melna Ruzas – Vilnius, Lithuania
Oct 18 2008 - Melna Piektdiena - Riga, Latvia
Oct 19 2008 - TBA – Tallin, Estonia
Oct 20 2008 - Nosturi - Helsinki, Finland
Oct 21 2008 - Klubi - Turku, Finland
Oct 22 2008 - Hella Tampere, Finland
Oct 23 2008 – TBA - Oulu, Finland
Oct 24 2008 – TBA – Umeå, Sweden
Oct 25 2008 - Sigurdsgatan - Västerås, Sweden
Oct 26 2008 - John Dee – Oslo, Norway
Oct 27 2008 - TBA – Göteborg, Sweden
Oct 28 2008 - Debaser – Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 29 2008 - Black Horn – Norrköping, Sweden
Oct 30 2008 - The Rock – Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 31 2008 - Kansas City - Odense, Denmark
Nov 1 2008 - Train - Aarhus, Denmark
Gothic metal band Tristania have parted ways with their guitar player Svein Terje Solvang.
Tristania's male vocalist Østen Bergøy issued an update on the band's MySpace page stating "Putting a last hand on the preparations for WGT (Wave Gotik Treffen festival) and the upcoming tour in Latin America, we learned that Svein Terje had decided to jump the ship. The timing could not be worse, because it was way too late to replace him for the upcoming shows. I am not sure concerning the reasons – I hope for his own sake that they are valid. I love Svein Terje like a brother, but I must admit that this feels like being stabbed in the back. However, we will do the tour with Anders as the only guitarist. Not an ideal situation, but we will make it work."
Tristania went through another line-up change last year, replacing their previous female vocalist Vibeke Stene with Italian singer Mariangela Demurtas.
Chris Ojeda, vocalist of the now broken up metal band Byzantine, announced that he has begun recording a solo project under the name Black Cap Miner. The album will consist entirely of covers of eighties and nineties thrash songs. Ojeda is handling the rhythm and vocals and will be featuring various guitarists to handle the lead guitar work, who will be named at a later time. Ojeda stated that "As of right now I have 8 songs started and should have them finished on a very tentative schedule within the next two months."
The current track list is made up of the following songs:
Megadeth- The Conjuring
Nuclear Assault - Brainwashed
Annihilator - Allison Hell
M.O.D - True Colors
Testament - Greenhouse Effect
Wrathchild America - Climbing the Walls
Exhorder - Legions of Death
Kreator - People of the Lie
Black metal band Reverie have officially signed a record deal with the Italian record label Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation.
The Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation has stated that it's purpose is to "Produce and promote dark and extreme music such as black metal distinguishing from the black mass that compose the majority of an hypocritical scene with quality, attitude, ideological and musical approach."
Songs from Reverie's first album "Isolation" can be heard here.
Vinnie Labella has now issued the following update on the band's reunion plans:
"Isn't it amazing what just sheer persistence will get ya these days? Well, you asked for it and you definitely waited long enough for it and now you got it. I thought I would never utter these words again but here they are — EXHORDER is officially back in business! Hmmmm, that shit sounded good.
"After tossing this around for quite some time, we actually just decided to do this less than a week ago, so at this time we have no real direction on what we want to do as far as shows, tours, albums etc. As of right now, the first step is to get a new bass player and get back to rehearsing (Sparcello [former EXHORDER bassist Franky Sparcello] is currently incarcerated). More...
EPICA have posted this announcement on their official website:
"Good news: Simone (Simons) will perform with EPICA again! First show will be this upcoming Thursday in Bibelot - Dordrecht (only 30 tickets left). The show in Tivoli - Utrecht (cap. 1000) on the next day is a very special one. As 'The Phantom Agony' has been released five years ago, this gig will contain all 'The Phantom Agony' songs. 800 tickets have been sold for this one already. See you all next weekend!!!"
UK metallers SYLOSIS have issued the following studio update:
"Finally, all of the rhythm guitars are finished! We've been very thorough, getting tight takes and re-writing riffs as we go etc but it's all been worthwhile. I've done like a song a day (thirteen songs in total - one of which wont make the album as we've got some long tracks).
This was going to be something we were guna keep as a secret to see if people even realised but this album is all in E standard - everything - and it sounds just as heavy! We've also only been using a 4 string bass tuned to E as well.?There are so many reasons for this - it sounds tight, clearer, more old school, you can afford to scoop a bit more midrange and you can really let the drums and bass provide more low end instead of everything sounding clicky and competing for the same frequency range.
There's something that feels inspiring and classic playing in E. Most of our biggest influences use standard tuning and it's really helped focus our sound and give us the tone we're after. We spend ages writing these riffs and now people can hear every single note we're playing. The definition is there and it's forcing us to tighten up our playing even more.
The riffage has been really tough in places. Tons of speedy alternate picking, down picking, string skipping etc. Not only that bit we're quad tracking the guitars (two tracks of guitars either side of the mix) which meant we had had to go for maximum tightness.
Anyways, we had enough of the caravan. It sucked so much that after about three weeks in there we couldn't bare it anymore so we upgraded ourselves into a Travelodge!"
Florida death metal band RESURRECTION has completed their new album, "Mistaken For Dead," which is slated for release on June 27th. The strictly limited Digipak will include a bonus DVD with high definition making of/interviews/live parts.
Here's the tracklisting of "Mistaken For Dead":
1. Buried Alive
3. A Thirst For Flesh
4. Death By Desire
7. The Deciever
8. Ritual Slaughter
9. Perils Of Burden
Denver, Colorado grindcore/death metal band Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire has signed to Debello Recordings. Look for an early summer release of their latest full-length album and Debello debut "Omega Drunk On The Blood Of Alpha." The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, etc).
Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire will head out on their Summer tour from June 13th through July 3rd with another mini-tour from August 3rd - 7th. The tour dates are as follows: More...