Metal News for May 14, 2005
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14 news articles posted on this day.
SUICIDE CITY (formerly RODEK), the new band featuring BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and former KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo, will be joining the "Mouth of Madness" tour with OTEP, DEVILDRIVER, GIZMACHI and DAYSEND for several dates in early June. SUICIDE CITY will be featured as a special guest on the following shows:
Jun. 08 – Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Jun. 10 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY
Jun. 11 - 2686/Club Ritual - Levitttown, NY
Jun. 12 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
Jun. 14 – Chameleon - Lancaster, PA
Jun. 15 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
Jun. 18 – Jaxx - Springfield, VA
SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan recently gave an in-depth interview to Metal Temple magazine's Katrina Thompson during the group's visit to Kansas City as part of their world tour. When asked if the rumors were true that SLIPKNOT are going to disband after this tour, Clown said, "Well, you know, I can't promise anything, but I will tell you that we're already planning on another record. Anything can happen, of course. In the early days, there were always three, maybe two and a half years for each cycle. It's a lot of time and here I am on three now. We've communicated, I think we've made the right movements as a band, and I can't stomach all these guys, and I don't care if they like to hear that or not, you know. I'm an only child, I used to think I wanted brothers but I don't. I enjoy being an only child. But that's that, we're gonna stick it out, we're having a lot of fun. We've gotten a new management, we've done really well for ourselves as a business, we've gotten really good at being able to pay bills, this record cycle and our business is good. And it's all not for nothing. I mean, I would do this for as long as I could but the fact of the matter is that I've got four kids, I've got mouths to feed, I've got insurance, medical bills, school clothes, pencils, it's not easy. I mean, this has gotta be my art, but it's gotta pay the bills too. I'm just having a blast and as long as it works, we're all in and it's working. We got great, great, great people that understand what the fuck the KNOT is and if you don't know what the KNOT is then you get cast out, but we finally got those people."
Read the full article at Metal Temple.
XOXO Records is coordinating a benefit show for Frank Piegaro that will take place on June 4th in New Jersey. Known for his work in bands like Ensign and Degenerics, Piagaro is dealing with mounting medical bills stemming from the treatment he's received for the blood disease, Xanthoma Disseminatum. Here's the official Piagaro story: More...
This week, heavy metal is looking for some rock-solid justice. When Mötley Crüe took the stage at a recent concert, the band received some startling news. Just weeks before, one of their devoted Baltimore fans had simply vanished on her way to their March 6, 2005, concert in Washington, DC. Her friends say that she wouldn't have missed this concert for the world. Loyalty means a lot to the band and especially to Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, so they decided to team up with America's Most Wanted to find their missing fan. They're offering a $10,000 reward to bring this woman home. Tune in as Mötley Crüe joins the AMW crew to help find a missing rock 'n' roll fan on America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Saturday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back, now in its 18th season, airs Saturdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back is produced by STF Productions, Inc. Lance Heflin is executive producer.
Killswitch Engage will be playing a number of "Ozzfest" off-dates with As I Lay Dying and Soilwork in tow, dates announced so far include:
Jul. 20 State College, PA - Crowbar
Jul. 22 Johnson City, NY - Magic City Music Hall
Aug. 05 Louisville, KY - Jillian's
Aug. 08 South Fargo, ND - Playmaker's Pavillion
Aug. 10 Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre
Numerous dates have now been revealed for the "Gigantour", which features Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore on the Main Stage, and Dry Kill Logic and Symphony X on the Second Stage so far. Here's the current schedule:
Jul. 21 Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
Jul. 22 Las Vegas, NV - Thomas And Mack Arena
Jul. 23 Sacramento, CA - The Cove @ Cal Expo
Jul. 24 Concord, CA - Chronical Pavillion
Jul. 30 Tucson, AZ - Casino Anselmo
Aug. 02 Dallas, TX - Nokia Live
Aug. 04 Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amp.
Aug. 06 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Aug. 07 West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amp.
Aug. 10 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Aug. 19 Portland, ME - Civic Center
Aug. 20 Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Amp.
Aug. 23 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheater
Aug. 24 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 26 Boston, MA - Bank of American Pavilion
More dates are expected to be announced in the coming days.
Randall Amplifiers has announced a new endorsement deal with critically acclaimed rock band Mudvayne. Mudvayne will be using Randall's RM100M, which is a modular head and allows the band to create their own tone by swapping out different removable preamps. The band is also using a RS412XL cabinet.
The signing follows a flurry of headline-making moves for Mudvayne (vocalist Chad Gray, guitarist Greg Tribbett, bassist Ryan Martinie and drummer Matt McDonough), who recently debuted on Billboard's Top 200 at #2 with much-buzzed-about new album "Lost And Found." That capped off a two-week period in which the powerhouse quartet scored the much-coveted third slot on the main stage of this summer's Ozzfest (going on just before headliners Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden) and garnered their first-ever #1 hit at rock radio with lead single "Happy?"
Over the course of the past few years, Mudvayne has sold more than two million units worldwide, racked up four RIAA Gold-certified releases, achieved extensive radio and video airplay, were honored with the first-ever MTV2 Award and have played hundreds of sold-out shows around the world.
"Adding a talented guitarist and musician like Greg to the Randall family is a great endorsement," says Doug Reynolds, Randall Division Manager. "Greg's style, power and tone fit nicely with what our products have to offer." Randall focuses on offering a supreme range of great guitar tones and features. Randall's XL Series has been further modified to provide a greater range of high gain solid-state and tube tones.
Randall Amplifiers is owned by US Music Corp., located just north of Chicago. US Music Corp. is a uniquely positioned, fully integrated musical instrument company that manufactures and markets instruments, accessories and audio equipment for professionals, aspiring professionals, collectors, hobbyists and beginner musicians. Also owned by US Music Corp are Eden Electronics, Washburn Guitars, Parker Guitars, Sound Tech Professional Audio, Oscar Schmidt, Lyon Musical Instruments and Vinci Strings.
For more information on Randall Amplifiers visit www.randallamplifiers.com, or call (800)-877-6863.
"It's called 'Hurry Up and Finish It'," jokes Rob Zombie of his in-progress third album. The follow-up to 2001's "The Sinister Urge" features the shock rocker backed by an all-star band: guitarist Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) and bassist Chris Chaney (ex-Jane's Addiction).
"It's very raw and very live," says Zombie. He's worked up about twenty-five songs for the album so far and plans to return to the studio in the fall when he finishes his stint on this summer's Ozzfest.
Zombie most recently took the stage for the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's tenth anniversary. Fronting Los Angeles cover band Camp Freddy, he did a version of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated." "I've never done a Ramones song before," says Zombie, who hosted last year's star-studded tribute to the groundbreaking punk rockers in L.A. "It's kind of weird, because [late Ramones guitarist] Johnny was my best friend."
The rocker-turned-filmmaker's second movie, "The Devil's Rejects," hits theaters July 22nd. The sequel to Zombie's 2003 blood-soaked "House of 1000 Corpses" stars William Forsythe as a vigilante sheriff on the trail of the murderous Firefly family. Unlike the first installment, which featured an original soundtrack by Zombie, this slasher will showcase the rootsy stylings of the Allman Brothers and Lynryd Skynyrd.
Sydney, Australia, metal band Daysend will launch their first U.S. tour May 12 in Pomona, California, and wind down June 25 in Detroit. All dates also feature Otep, Gizmachi and Devilinside.
English power-prog gods Biomechanical will release their second disc, "The Empires of the Worlds," June 28. Tracks include "Enemy Within," "Assaulter" and the four-part epic "Absolution."
Seattle power-metal band Nevermore will release their seventh album, "This Godless Endeavor," July 26. Produced by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Opeth), the LP features the recording debut of Steve Smyth, who previously acted as the group's second guitarist in concert and was a member of Testament before that. Nevermore will travel this summer as part of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine's Gigantour, which will also feature Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory and Dillinger Escape Plan.
Canadian muscleman Thor will release his seventh studio album, "Thor Against the World," July 12. Recorded in Los Angeles in April and May 2004, the album includes "Megaton Man," "Creature Feature" and "Serpent's Kiss." Before testing his mettle with heavy metal, Thor was a professional bodybuilder and was elected both Mr. Canada and Mr. U.S.A.
Glenn Danzig is organizing his own summer metal festival (think of it as Ozzfest lite). At this point, it appears that all Danzig's solidified is the name: the Blackest of the Black. All-important details like the lineup and dates are still being ironed out.
New Jersey thrashers God Forbid will play a benefit concert on June 4 at the Wayne Firehouse in Wayne, New Jersey. Proceeds from the gig will support their friend Frank Piegaro, former guitarist for the Degenerics and Ensign. Piegaro has been battling a rare skin disease for several years, and money raised during the show will help fund his recovery. Nora, the Number Twelve Looks Like You, Fanshen and Hot Cross will also perform; tickets are priced at $15.