Metal News for May 12, 2006
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A judge sentenced former GREAT WHITE tour manager Dan Biechele to four years in prison Wednesday (May 10) for lighting the pyrotechnics display that sparked The Station nightclub fire, which killed 100 people.
A tearful Biechele apologized to the families who lost loved ones before the sentence was handed down.
"I will never forgive myself for what happened that night," Biechele said.
A prosecutor asked a judge to sentence the former GREAT WHITE tour manager to 10 years in prison Wednesday
"The devastation wrought by the conduct of the defendant is unparalleled in our state's history," prosecutor Randall White said, occasionally choking up as he described what he called the incalculable impact on those who survived and relatives of those who died.
"The suffering is endless, and the extent and depth of the pain is bottomless," White added.
The courtroom was dotted with relatives of those who died and survived, many of them wearing buttons with photos of their loved ones. More than a dozen counselors were on hand to assist family members, and Superior Court Judge Francis Darigan Jr. opened the hearing by asking them to maintain decorum.
Read the full article at turnto10.com.
Israeli metal band ORPHANED LAND have announced plans to play a special 10-year anniversary show for their second album, "El Norra Alila". The concert, which will take place this summer in Tel-Aviv, will see the band perform the entire "El Norra Alila" CD, along with selections from the band's other albums. More details will be revealed soon.
ORPHANED LAND are currently working on material for their new album, "ORwarriOR", which will be produced by Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE. A 2007 release via Century Media Records is expected.
ORPHANED LAND is a band which combines progressive heavy/death-metal rock with ethnic Middle Eastern/Arabic/Israeli elements, a unique hybrid of styles that contributed to Steven's decision to work with them. The group have recorded three albums to date, the most recent of which, "Mabool", was their Century Media debut.
Existing completely outside of the mainstream, ORPHANED LAND have managed to create a large worldwide following, and their recent appearances in Europe and the USA at the ProgPower festivals have brought them to the attention of a whole new audience. Wilson is, of course, known from his main project PORCUPINE TREE as well as the producer of three of OPETH's albums.
With regards to the next album's concept, Farhi had previously stated, "The next ORPHANED LAND album will deal with the war of light and darkness. We've dealt with this topic in the past, yet this time the emphasis will be on the hero of this war — The Warrior of Light (Lohem Ha'or in Hebrew).
"Every year in late December there's a day where the longest night and shortest day (light time) is measured, meaning that the days to arrive after that night are getting longer, and the nights turn shorter. Spiritual[ly], it's the rebirth of light and death of the darkness. ORPHANED LAND's comeback show in 2001 was exactly on this day, without us paying attention even to this fact. Some might say its coincidence; some will claim for a 'guiding hand from above', your choice…
"Why do we deal with the war of light? The light is the source for everything on this planet; we are all sons and warriors of light. Even if we're not aware of it, we all fight for our right to shed light into this hectic world. In 'Mabool', for example, the three heroes where well-aware of them being Warriors of Light, trying to find for mankind's right to awake and possibly turn back the faith of darkness being brought to earth by the flood. In the meantime, many of us live in confusion, suffering and despair, full of sadness and being let down, leading to self-destruction and lack of self-security. We re-live the traumas of the past, while happiness stays 'somewhere in the future.' The 'here and now' is almost inexistent in our lives."
Long-defunct New Orleans metallers EXHORDER — cited by many as the originators of the riff-heavy power-groove approach popularized by PANTERA — have issued an official statement in response to persistent rumors that the band will get back together to play select shows and/or record a new studio album. The statement reads as follows:
"In response to all the email requests and offers for EXHORDER to get back together and/or to play shows we would like to thank everyone for all the support and encouragement but EXHORDER will NOT be getting back together. Sad to say, but the official status of EXHORDER is 'permanently disbanded.'"
EXHORDER relased two albums in the early 1990s through the Roadrunner label — 1990's "Slaughter in the Vatican" and 1992's "The Law" — (later released as a 2-in-1 package from Roadrunner Records) before breaking up, with vocalist Kyle Thomas going on to form FLOODGATE (and also briefly appearing live as the vocalist for TROUBLE). Thomas is now devoting most of his time to his new band PITTS VS PREPS, which he has described as "center[ing] around the truest sound of heavy metal in the realm of old JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN."
Launch Radio Networks reports: KORN canceled a May 4 show in Jakarta, Indonesia last week, with reports indicating that there were concerns over whether the country's Merapi volcano might erupt. But singer Jonathan Davis told Launch that the band was also worried about the unstable nature of that area of the world right now. "You know, it's just hairy down there right now, and we didn't want to be responsible for anyone getting hurt at our shows or anything like that, so we chose not to go," he said. "Plus there was the volcano that was on the island erupting, so we thought that just all the way around it was just best for us not to go this time."
Merapi is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes and recent lava flows have led more than 5,000 Indonesians to flee their homes near the mountain. Indonesia has also been a staging ground for Islamic militants and terrorists.
KORN released a collection of concert recordings and rare cuts yesterday (Tuesday, May 9) titled "Live & Rare".
KORN and the DEFTONES will co-headline the revived Family Values tour this summer, beginning on July 27 in Virginia Beach. Davis told Launch that the lineup will feature a total of 10 bands on two stages.
Jonathan Cohen of Billboard.com reports: Ozzy Osbourne will make his debut appearance on the second stage of his Ozzfest festival when the event rolls into Devore, California on July 8. As previously reported, Osbourne is scaling back his Ozzfest performances this year and will appear on the main stage at just nine shows.
"I haven't had a chance to play this close to an audience in years and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it," he says of the upcoming second stage appearance.
Osbourne is also hoping to get back into the studio this year with longtime collaborator Zakk Wylde, which would be their first collaboration on new material since 2001's "Down to Earth."
Here are Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest appearances:
June 29: Auburn, Wash. (White River Amphitheatre)
July 1: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
July 8: Devore, Calif. (Hyundai Pavilion)
July 16: Tinley Park, Ill. (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
July 22: East Troy, Wis. (Alpine Valley)
July 29: New York (Randall's Island)
Aug. 1: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 4: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 6: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
Agankast have posted two new songs, "Dementor" and "Stop the War," on their newly redesigned website. These free releases make ten songs the band has given away for free - in effect a full album of music. The band is touring up and down Britain and will also play Bloodstock in September. Also on the new site is a new video of the new song "Within Darkness," taken from their upcoming CD entitled "Welcome to Insanitarium," as well as some behind the scenes video footage of the band doing videos and backstage at gigs.
After several months away from his drumming duties in OPETH, Martin Lopez has permanently decided to leave the group. After being plagued by illness and anxiety attacks Lopez decided he wanted to concentrate fully on his own project, currently unnamed. His replacement will be Martin "Axe" Axenrot, who's been filling in for the last five tours and who also recorded with the band during the recent BBC sessions.
Commented OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt: "However sad I and the rest of the band feel in light of Lopez's departure, I want to thank him for his incredible work with OPETH and immense dedication to the band. We recorded some classic stuff together and he obviously had an enormous impact on our sound. I now feel very excited to hear the material of his own band. In the meantime, OPETH fans can rest assured that we'll continue jamming it out with Axe and we all have high expectations about our coming musical ventures."
Finland's SoulRelic have announced on their official website that they will begin recording the first single of the new, yet-untitled album on June 7th. The single will be released in August 2006 and will contain two songs, "Coins" and the Thin Lizzy cover, "Cold Sweat". The single will be recorded at the Petrax Studio with the producer Aksu Hanttu, who also produced the debut album "Love Is A Lie We Both Believed."
Trivium have finished recording their upcoming CD "The Crusade." On Thursday, frontman Matt Heafy started tracking vocals at Audiohammer Studio in Orlando, Florida, where the band also recorded guitars and bass. Heafy is co-producing the disc with Audiohammer owner and previous collaborator Jason Suecof, and the album will be finished by the end of May for a fall release. Songs include "Ignition," "Contempt Breeds Contamination," "And Sadness Will Sear," "Vengeance," "To the Rats" and "Contemporary Plague."
"There's one acoustic song, a Skid Row/ Mötley Crüe-sounding song, a Def Leppard, Southern-rock metal song and then 11 ridiculously technical thrash songs," Heafy said. "It's a solo insanity CD, but in a good way."
MTV.com reports that Megadeth have signed to Roadrunner Records for the release of their follow-up to 2004's "The System Has Failed," according to a source close to the deal. The studio sessions — held at Sarm Studios, outside of London — were filmed by director Michael Sarna (Anthrax, Obituary) and are available at Megadeth.com to fan-club members.
A few years back, metal journalists James Sherry (Metal Hammer, Kerrang!) and Neil Aldis (Rock World, Terrorizer) decided to sift through their record collections and put the best of the bunch into coffee-table-book form. That spawned "Heavy Metal Thunder," an extensive archive of the most kick-ass metal-album art of the last four decades, set to land in bookstores June 1.
According to Sherry, the book's intended to guide lifelong metalheads down memory lane — a time when you'd buy an LP based solely on the image that graced the sleeve, a time when ridiculous album covers were a genuine art form.
"We wanted the book to be entertaining for people who aren't necessarily into metal," he said. "I wanted it to appeal to people who are really heavily into the music and can look through the book and go, 'Oh, I remember that record — I had it when I was a kid.' ... But we also wanted it to appeal to people who have no interest in the music and can look through it and go, 'These covers are hilarious.' We're not afraid to poke fun at it."
The book's documents everything from the earliest days of groundbreaking bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest through today's current class of metallers, like Mastodon and High on Fire. The book covers all the bases, with chapters devoted to black metal, death metal, nü metal, thrash, stoner rock and glam rock. There's even a forward penned by Anthrax's Scott Ian and an interview with Derek Riggs, the man who created Iron Maiden's symbolic Eddie icon.
"We were originally going to do each chapter in a different theme," Sherry explained. "We were going to have a chapter of all covers that just featured men with swords, which there are many. It's an ongoing theme in old metal records. We wanted a whole chapter on glam-rock covers, fantasy covers, ridiculous covers — even covers with babes on them. That became way too complicated, so we decided to do it genre by genre."
Several chapters are devoted to specific bands that've become known for their album imagery. "One of the first things we decided was that we had to give Manowar their own chapter," he said. "With this book, you get a taste for the imagery of each genre. I just think that metal, more than any other music, is very visually led. As a child, I would often buy records on the strength of the album cover, on how metal the cover looked. That doesn't happen anymore. Kids can hear stuff before they buy it."
One of the more amusing chapters is the one that examines the punk-inflected thrash era. "I love the thrash covers because it's all pre-computers, and these bands would have a friend who would say, 'Hey, I could draw you a picture for your cover,' " Sherry said. "That's why there was so much drawn artwork on those sleeves, and some of it's just terrible, but brilliantly funny as well."
Several album covers were cut from the book, including Marduk's 1995 masterpiece, F--- Me Jesus, and Autopsy's 2003 album, Sh--fun.
But Sherry's favorite album cover, and one of the first that readers encounter in "Heavy Metal Thunder"? "I love the first Black Sabbath album cover, because I think that one's genuinely creepy. You kind of look at it, and it's genuinely a quite scary album cover," he said. "I like a lot of the black-metal covers, too, because there's just something a bit creepier about them that's genuinely quite scary, whereas it's hard to get too scared by men with swords."
Songs from the upcoming "WWE Wreckless Intent" compilation, due out May 23 on Columbia Records, is available on a media player at this location.
Tracklisting for the compilation:
01. Saliva - I Walk Alone (Batista's theme)
02. Mercy Drive - Burn In My Light (Randy Orton's theme)
03. HomeBwoi - Hard Hittin (Coach's theme)
04. Brand New Sin - Crank It Up (Big Show's theme)
05. Desiree Jackson - Holla (Candice Michelle's theme)
06. Eleventh Hour - A Girl Like That (Torrie Wilson's theme)
07. Kaballon - Quien Soy Yo (Who I Am) (Carlito's theme)
08. Theory of a Deadman - Deadly Game
09. Silkk the Shocker - Never Gonna Change
10. Shadows Fall - Rob Van Dam (Rob Van Dam's theme)
11. Three 6 Mafia - Some Bodies Gonna Get It (Mark Henry's theme)
12. Zebrahead - With Legs Like That (Maria's theme)
13. Killswitch Engage - This Fire Burns
14. POD - Booyaka 619 (Rey Mysterio's theme)
15. Motorhead - King Of Kings (Triple H's theme)
In a posting on the official Soilwork website, frontman Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has refuted rumours claiming that the band has added Dimension Zero/Pathos guitarist Daniel Antonsson to the lineup as replacement for Peter Wichers, who left the band in December.
"Let me also clarify some things about the guitarist situation: I know that some of you people have seen on some website (take a guess where...) that we have confirmed Daniel Antonsson as the new guitarist of Soilwork. It´s true that he´s been touring with us and we like him very much both as a human and as a player but we have NOT confirmed his spot in Soilwork. We have decided to go slow with this and really take our time before we make any decisions.. We´ll keep you updated on that story, nobody else..
Horror rock king and former Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 recently signed a record deal with Restless/Rykodisc Records. The label has set a late summer release date for the highly anticipated new album Fang Bang, the follow up to 2005¹s Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying and the Dead (Roadrunner).
Little Box of Horrors, a limited edition box set of Wednesday 13¹s pre-Murderdolls band, Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 was also just released on May 9th via Restless.
Before becoming frontman for the very successful Slipknot offshoot Murderdolls, Wednesday 13 lead the ultra-depraved Frankenstein Drag Queens for four albums before putting the band on hold in 2002. Featuring five CDs and one DVD, Little Box of Horrors is a treasure trove of ghoulish delights and spans the band¹s history from 1996-2001 and includes all four of their original albums, plus a rarities disc (including early versions of Murderdolls tracks) and a DVD containing selections from a live concert in Spartanburg, SC 1998.
Little Box of Horrors includes:
CD1: The Late, Late, Late Show
CD2: Night of the Living Drag Queens
CD3: Songs From the Recently Deceased
CD4: Viva Las Violence
CD5: Rare Treats - A Previously Unreleased Collection of Outtakes &
DVD: Transvestite Chainsaw Massacre
Wednesday 13 has also announced an all-new band line up which reunites him with fellow Murderdoll Eric Griffin. Wednesday 13 comments: "I will be teaming up with my old Murderdoll band mate Eric Griffin, long time friend Racci Shay (Genitorturers) and new pal Brix (Skrape/Dope) for the next chapter of rock'n roll debauchery in my life. I can't predict what this year will be like with this band but guarantee it will be nothing short of complete chaos...sorry in advance, and we'll see you all in hell!!!"
Candlelight Records has signed a worldwide, three album deal with Dead Man In Reno of Tuscaloosa, AL. The group recorded their debut album with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me). The effort will see release late this summer. Some of the band's material can be downloaded here. Meanwhile, Dead Man In Reno will tour later this summer, including a stint with Killwhitneydead.
Final Fight will be on tour for a good portion of the summer as they support their upcoming Deathwish Inc. split 7". Here are the tour dates:
6/23 Ventura CA @ The Alpine w/ The Warriors
dates w/ Ruiner
6/24 Tijuana MX @ Doberman Bar
6/25 Riverside CA @ SOS Project
6/26 Corona CA @ Showcase Theatre
6/27 Pomona CA @ Elk's Lodge
6/28 Ventura CA @ TBA
6/29 Bakersfield CA @ Jerry's Pizza
6/30 Berkeley CA @ Gilman St.
7/1 Orangeville CA @ Orangeville VFW w/ Killing the Dream, Set It Straight
7/2 Redding CA @ TBA w/ Set It Straight
7/3 Portland OR @ Liberty Hall w/ Set It Straight
7/4 Tacoma WA @ The Hall w/ Set It Straight
7/5 Boise ID @ Grove Street w/ Set It Straight
7/6 Salt Lake City UT @ Wild Mushroom Pizza w/ Set It Straight
7/7 Fort Colins CO @ The Starlight w/ Set It Straight More...
Former PRONG guitarist Atron (RORSCHACH TEST, TAD) has joined SOCIETY 1 as a temporary replacement for regular axeman Sin, who is currently on tour with REVOLTING COCKS. Atron was asked by SOCIETY 1 to take on touring and recording duties in the vacant guitar slot so they could continue working while Sin is away.
Atron has toured with numerous bands since the mid-Nineties and is no stranger to the rigorous demands of traveling and recording. Atron had this to say: "SOCIETY 1 is a band that takes their work seriously without taking themselves too serious. It's a fuck-load of fun, and I can't wait to take it to the stage!"
In related news, SOCIETY 1 will be featured on the nationally syndicated TV show "Inside Edition", airing on Monday, May 15. The band will be featured in a segment on the significance of the number "666" and the approaching date 06/06/06 (June 6, 2006).
SOCIETY 1's only U.S. performance of the year will take place on June 5 in Los Angeles headlining the "Satan's Rockin' Eve" event. The show will be hosted by radiofreesatan.com, and will feature many great industrial, metal, and punk acts from around the world.
SOCIETY 1 have set "The Years of Spiritual Dissent" as the title for their first release through Crash Music, Inc. The set is a collection of material featured on SOCIETY 1's first two albums — "Slacker Jesus" and "Words as Carriers" — plus two cover songs, a brand new track entitled "This Is The End", and a bonus DVD. A July 25 release is expected. You can see Atron with SOCIETY 1 in their new video "This Is The End."
A couple of months ago, I was approached on Myspace by a Finnish 5-piece named Thales to check their music out. As a fan of most melodic metal, especially from Finland, I gave them a listen and found an incredible band that absolutely kicks ass. Anyone who likes technical, early-Dark Tranquillity-influenced Scandinavian metal should definitely check them out at their Myspace page or the official website.
Anyhow, I did an e-mail interview with the band. Guitarist Lasse Kristiansen, drummer Juuso Backman and bassist Juha Tretjakov took the time to answer the questions. Here is how it went: More...