Metal News for May 13, 2008
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Pennsylvania grunge metal band 2 Sides 2 Die has self-released their new album, "Doom and Gloom," and posted an update after their release party:
"Well the album 'Doom and Gloom' was released yesterday and the sales were far beyond our expectations. The album will be in music stores in the Tri-State Region by Tuesday May 13th. We'd like to thank everyone for making the CD Release show a tremendous success. We worked our asses off making this album and we hope you love it."
Hot on the heels of the band's success with their Billboard charting "Bombshell" release in 2006, "Strip'em Blind Live" CD success in 2007, coupled with their relentless touring in Europe, Kentucky based rockers HYDROGYN return to form with the release of their new opus, "Deadly Passions," apparently moved up to a June 10 (from June 23) release via Demolition Records. The haunting, yet powerful vocals of the beautiful Julie Westlake, and the stunning press photos taken by John Scarpati (Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson etc) will ensure that this band are front page news right across the Globe.
Here are the latest Hydrogyn tour dates:
Jun 19 2008 8:00P PARAMOUNT ARTS CENTER Ashland, Kentucky
Jul 24 2008 8:00P LCO CASINO / With Great White Hayward, Wisconsin
Jul 25 2008 1:00P TBA De Pere, Wisconsin
Jul 26 2008 1:00P Hi Pines Music Festival Eagle River, Wisconsin
Aug 1 2008 8:00P QSL Canton, Ohio
Aug 7 2008 9:00P SOUTH RIDGE CENTER South Charleston, West Virginia
Blabbermouth.net reports via The Pulse of Radio: TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan sent an email to fans last week in which he said that A PERFECT CIRCLE, the band he formed in 2000 with guitarist Billy Howerdel, is still a going concern even though both Keenan and Howerdel are both now involved with other projects. Keenan wrote, "As many of you may have heard, Billy and I are engaged in our own little projects for the moment. His is called ASHES DIVIDE and mine is called PUSCIFER...Please be advised that A PERFECT CIRCLE and TOOL are still alive and well. This is simply MORE." A PERFECT CIRCLE went on hiatus in 2004 after issuing three studio albums and one live set, while Keenan went back to work with TOOL and Howerdel began assembling ASHES DIVIDE.
ASHES DIVIDE's debut album, "Keep Telling Myself It's Alright", was released last month, with Howerdel unveiling the project's touring lineup this past weekend.
Keenan issued the debut PUSCIFER album, "V Is For Vagina", last fall, and continues to work on additional music for the project.
TOOL's latest album, "10,000 Days," surfaced almost exactly two years ago, and Keenan has said recently that the band could regroup later this year to begin work on its next effort.
Howerdel told The Pulse of Radio last year that he wasn't really sure whether A PERFECT CIRCLE would ever be reactivated, saying, "We might do something in the future, but all I can see is ASHES DIVIDE right now. That's kind of all I have in front of me."
Pelican recently took a trip out to Los Angeles to shoot their first official music video, for the song "Dead Between the Walls" from "City of Echoes." The video made its debut at the blog arm of MTV's Headbangers Ball. Your can see it here or below (after the jump).
The video will make its television debut this Saturday, May 17th on MTV2's Headbangers Ball. More...
Crowpath has finished recording a new full-length. Tracking took place at Bernom Studio in Malmö, Sweden with Andy Andersson at the helm and the band reports that "everything turned out good." The effort will be mixed next weekend before being mastered by Scott Hull.
Polish label Circle of Pain Records is looking for bands interested in participating on a tribute to French thrash/death metal band Massacra. Interested parties can send email to email@example.com or use regular mail for more details.
Circle of Pain Records
PO BOX 1151
Heavy metal singer Ari Koivunen, winner of the Finnish national TV talent competition "Idols," is readying his sophomore album, currently set for release by Sony BMG on June 11, 2008. Ari and the band, together with producer Nino Laurenne, have been working on it since the beginning of March. According to producer Nino Laurenne, the record has now been mastered at Chartmakers with Svante Forsbäck.
The tracklist of Ari's second album "Becoming" has been revealed as follows:
1. Raging Machine
2. Under The Burning Sky
3. Give Me A Reason
4. Sign Of Our Times
5. Sweet Madness
7. Keepers Of The Night
8. Tears Keep Falling
9. Hero's Gold
10. My Mistake
11. Unscarred Within
At the end of May, the band will play two gigs in Japan. According to Sony BMG it seems likely that the forthcoming album will be also published in Japan.
In related new, the new single, "Give Me A Reason," was released last week in Finalnd and debuted at Number 3 on the Finnish Single Charts. "Give Me A Reason" is also available for streaming on the band's MySpace player.
Ari's debut, "Fuel For The Fire," has so far sold 75,000 copies in Finland.
Reunited Swedish thrash metal band Guillotine is now mixing their newest, which is set for release in late 2008 via Pulverised Recordings. The band regrouped late last year this year with their original line-up plus a second guitarist. Here's the update from the band:
"Hey - we are in the studio right now mixing the album! It's going killer so far. Three songs down - "Die/Live", "Darkest day" and "Skeleton City." We'll keep you posted! Perhaps those videos we promised you a while back will become a reality real soon...and include some previews as well!"
Underground Video Television has posted yet another record label series special podcast, this time featuring ROADRUNNER RECORDS. Some of the bands featured on the show in this episode include music videos of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, 3 INHES OF BLOOD, MEGADETH & DREAM THEATER as well as live videos of OPETH, DEVILDRIVER, HATEBREED and TRIVIUM in another video intensive episode.
Australian metallers The Rose Line have posted a statement explaining the abrupt ending of their current vocalist's contractual terms and requesting auditions from suitable parties to refill the role of screamer. The statement follows:
Unfortunately, due to personal commitments, Lars will be finishing his run with The Rose Line over the course of the next month. We will be playing all our currently listed shows with our current lineup, plus possibly an extra one or two, but we are now desperately searching for someone to fill Lars' big shoes. If you are 100% committed, - ie able to tour and play interstate, be willing to come to practice 1-2 times a week - and can produce everything from low growls, to crushing mids, to piercing highs, we would love to get you down for an audition. We need to get this position filled asap in order to fulfill upcoming shows in melbourne and interstate. Auditions will be held at Kindred Studios in Yarraville and Deluxe Studios in South Melbourne.
If your interested, please email me -
Metal legends Venom have pushed back the release of their new album "Hell" by a coupleof weeks. The album will now be released on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America.
You can listen to the new song "Straight To Hell" at their official website.
The complete "Hell" tracklisting is as follows:
01. Straight To Hell
02. The Power And The Glory
03. Hand Of God
04. Fall From Grace
06. Evil Perfection
07. Stab U In The Back
09. Kill The Music
10. Evilution Devilution
11. Blood Sky
12. USA For Satan
13. Dirge / The Awakening
Iowa metallers, For Today, have announced the following tour dates:
May 13 - Annapolis, MD @ Knights of Columbus
May 14 - Rockville Center, NY @ The Vibe Lounge
May 15 - Clinton, NJ @ Aquifer Music Venue
May 16 - Manchester, NH @ Rockos!
May 24 - Meier, MI - BLED FEST 2008 @ Meier Skatepark
May 25 - South Bend, IN @ The Underground
May 26 - Terre Haute, IN @ The THM Venue
May 27 - Evansville, IN @ Boney Jones
May 28 - Dewey, IL @ The Shed
May 31 - Spencer, IA @ New Life Worship Center
June 1 - Buffalo, MN @ The Vault
June 2 - Duluth, MN @ The Herman Town Church
June 3 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
June 4 - Bismarck, ND @ The Light Club
June 5 - Grand Rapids, MN @ The Light Club
June 6 - Alexandria, MN @ Club 1
June 7 - Willmar, MN @ The Warehouse
June 30 - Bushnell, IL - CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL @ The Phoenix Generator Stage 7:15pm
Jul 3 - Bushnell, Illinois @ CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL: The Underground Stage (FACEDOWN NIGHT)
July 19 - Willmar, MN - SONSHINE FESTIVAL @ HM Stage w/ As I Lay Dying, Maylene and The Sons of Disaster and more!
Aug 21 - Pilot Mountain, North Carolina - 2008 TAKING BACK THE STREETS FEST 2008 w/ As Cities Burn and more
Check out their new video for "Agape" here.
Toxic Holocaust have posted the following studio update:
"On day two in the studio we started by recording the drums again. Donny banged out 6 more songs. Things are shaping up nicely.
We have 4 more drum tracks to cut then it's on to the guitars, bass and vocals. Actually, we had some time last night and I did the rhythm guitars for 3 songs.
We used my Marshall and strangely enough a '67 Fender amp that the studio owns. We put a distortion pedal in front of it and it sounds savage!"
Toxic Holocaust recently announced that they will join the reunited AT THE GATES on their upcoming North American tour. This tour, which also includes DARKEST HOUR and MUNICIPAL WASTE, will kick-off on July 9th in New York City.
Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has posted the following update:
"Spring is here and not a moment too soon.
As this is being written, I'm in a place I've never been, Grand Forks, North Dakota. I believe this is one of five states in the US that I've never been, the other four being South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska. This year I'll be going a lot of places I've never been - Russia, Serbia and Romania (with Testament) and New Zealand (with Alex Skolnick Trio).
It's an exciting time. Much of this has already been announced, but here's a rundown.
Testament is back in full force. New album Formation Of Damnation came out last week. Just found out it's charting all over Europe, even reaching 15 in Germany (watch out David Hasselhoff!). It entered the Billboard charts in the US at #59 - our highest chart position ever. More...
John Rutsey, one of the founding members of Toronto rock legends Rush, passed away this weekend. He was fifty five years old. As of yet no information regarding the cause of death has been announced.
Rutsey played on the bands first album but departed from the group due to concerns over his health as he was diabetic and such as was unable to do long tours with the band.
Finland's Coma Clinic is a new band from Misery Inc. mastermind Janne Tolonen (ex-Profane Omen). Two years ago Tolonen and vocalist Henri Eerola (recently known from his work in Pentatonik) decided to team up but the collaboration did not finally take place until this spring.
The first product from Coma Clinic is promotional CD containing three songs. Unafraid to break some boundaries, the effort mixes modern trash-metal with overflowing melodies and the intensity of hardcore.
All guitar solos were played by young, promising guitar hero Kimi Rautiainen (also in Exsecratus).
Veil Of Maya, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, With Dead Hands Rising, and Brother Von Doom will team up for a handful of June shows. Here are the latest tour dates:
6/8 Elk Grove, IL @ Elk Grove VFW
6/10 St. Louis, MO 2 Rockstar Nightclub
6/11 Claremore, OK @ King of Clubs
6/12 Lewisville, TX @ Fat Daddy's
6/14 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
6/15 San Bernardino, CA @ Hudson Theater (Summerslam)
6/16 Phoenix, AZ @ Chaser's
6/18 Abilene, TX @ Rose Park Activity
6/19 Shawnee, OK @ Fusion Affect
6/20 Bartlett, TN @ Singleton
6/21 Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
Down have announced some special "Evening with Down" shows this summer as part of their tour schedule. The special shows are as follows:
10 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
12 - Koln, Germany - Live Music Hall
13 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
The wait is finally over - TILL DEATH DO US PART, the brand new album from death metal legends DEICIDE, is in stores in the USA/everywhere now.
Already being dubbed their heaviest and most brutal album yet, TILL DEATH DO US PART is DEICIDE's ninth studio album and delivers the crushing riffs and blasphemous lyrics that fans have come to expect from any DEICIDE release.
TILL DEATH DO US PART is available as a special edition CD with a free "GLEN FOR PRESIDENT" woven patch - hurry, only available while stocks last! The album is also available as standard CD, limited edition 12" picture disc LP and limited edition 12" colour vinyl LP.
To purchase the album and get your free patch, head to your nearest music store today or visit www.earachestore.com/store/deicide.html for the US, or earacheshop.com/store/deicide.html for UK/Europe.
Finnish melodic death metal band Eternal Tears of Sorrow have signed a new recording deal with KHY Suomen Musiikki Oy, a Finnish label. At the moment, the band is doing pre-production for their sixth album that will be released in March 2009. As with the previous five albums, the album will be recorded at Tico-Tico Studio in Kemi, Finland.
During their fourteen-year-long career, the band has cemented their reputation as one of the finest metal acts, which has already opened doors for the band; it's still almost a year before the album is going to be released, and it has already been licenced to Massacre Records (who will be release the album in Europe excluding Finland) and Marquee/Avalon (who is going to release the album in Asia).
Nuclear Blast Records have announced the signing of Santa Cruz based technical brutal death metal band DECREPIT BIRTH.
The band issues the following message regarding the signing:
"We feel very lucky and honoured to be a part of the family! Our intention is to take the music to the next level and continue to release quality Progressive Death Metal.”
"We are confident to have NUCLEAR BLAST in our corner! We also want to thank Unique Leader Records very much for the years of dedication to DECREPIT BIRTH. After we complete more touring in support of the current release, we will begin pre-production for the next album.”
In a somewhat shocking move, Stone Temple Pilots/ ex-Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland has been released from prison after serving a mere thirteen minutes in jail!
Apparantly he turned himself in to the authorities at 8:55 in the morning and was officially booked not long after noon. He was then assigned a housing location at 6:41 but was released at 6:54.
Scott Weiland was wanted by the authorities on an outstanding DUI charge from November. He was scheduled to serve eight days in jail.
Scott Weiland will be touring with Stone Temple Pilots this summer and is also recording a new, double disc solo album.
The Gathering have posted the following message on their official forums:
“Dear all, Sorry it has been a while since you’ve heard from us. We apologize for this. It actually means that we have been really busy with the band. During the last couple of months we created a lot of new ideas that lead to the first songs of our upcoming CD. Yes, we are working on a new album! Or actually, two new albums! Many of our new songs are very rock and guitar orientated and will end up on a heavy rock album for sure. The second album will be filled with more ’shoe gaze’, dreamy tracks.
We can imagine if you are very curious about new vocalists. Currently, we are working with several. It feels very refreshing and interesting to work with different voices and it adds beautiful new colours to our music. Names will be presented as soon as our ideas become more concrete. As promised you will hear new material by the end of this year. The release of our new album is planned for Spring 2009. On behalf of the band, Hans Rutten“
Slipknot have posted a completely bizzare video online, claiming it to be a teaser for the new album. You can view it below and see if you think there are any clues regarding the new album.
The album is exppected to be released this August and the band will be performing at many large festivals including the UK's Reading/ Leeds Festival. More...
Children Of Bodom have posted the new music video to "Hellhounds On My Trail" online. You can watch it below.
The song is the second single off the bands latest album, "Blooddrunk". More...
The Showdown have posted this update:
"Back Breaker is all the way finished and mixing starts tommorrow.
New webisode is also in the works. It will include some of the vocals being recorded, and a little of the heavy metal action that went on while we were on the road with SHADOWS FALL!
Heavy things are coming your way very soon!"
Metallica have posted a video of them working on their forthcoming album online. Check it out below.
The as yet untitled album is scheduled for a September release. More...
OZZFEST--the original and iconic hard rock festival--returns in 2008 as a one-day stadium spectacular on Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas that teams OZZFEST founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne (in his only U.S. concert appearance this summer) with Metallica (marking their OZZFEST debut).
Produced by Sharon Osbourne and AEG LIVE, the all-day festival at Pizza Hut Park in hard music-loving Dallas will feature three stages of non-stop talent (with many OZZFEST alumni) and reliably twisted OZZFEST side attractions.
The full main stage lineup will also spotlight performances by Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Hellyeah, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica and In This Moment. Also scheduled on the main stage is a special all-star tribute to slain Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott. Second stage acts include Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. The Texas (third) stage—“an homage to the “many great metal bands that come from Texas,” says Sharon Osbourne--features The Sword, Drowning Pool and Rigor Mortis.
“Ozzy just finished an 11-month world tour so I think he deserves a summer off,” Sharon says about this year’s one-day OZZFEST. “We’re going to be a stadium destination festival for now--we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We’ve given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving OZZFEST. This is just the beginning; AEG Live and I have a lot of new ideas for OZZFEST."
This year’s dynamic line-up encompasses artists who’ve played OZZFEST before in different incarnations such as Serj Tankian (System of a Down); Jonathan Davis (Korn); Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul (Pantera) and Chad Gray (Mudvayne); Kingdom of Sorrow’s Jamie Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kirk Windstein (Down); and Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura) of Cavalara Conspiracy. Other OZZFEST graduates include Shadows Fall, Sevendust, Devildriver, Drowning Pool and In This Moment.
“Ozzy has great relationships with all of the bands that have played OZZFEST,” says Sharon. “We’re the only real festival for harder edge bands and these artists have been very loyal to us--there is lots of love on this line-up."
Washington, DC area metal band Fierce Allegiance has been confirmed for the Mayhem in May MetalFest in Kentucky this weekend. FIERCE ALLEGIANCE will be playing on May 18th.
The organizers of the third annual Mayhem in May MetalFest — which is scheduled to take place May 17-18 at Uncle Pleasants (2126 South Preston St) in Louisville, Kentucky — have announced the 36 band festival lineup. Day One of the fest will be headlined by Incantation, Diabolic, Mortal Decay and Waco Jesus. Day Two will be headlined by Demiricous and touring package Vital Remains, Skinless, Infernaeon, Fierce Allegiance.
The complete lineup is as follows: More...