Metal News for May 14, 2008
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The Carrier are one of Boston's newest and most interesting hardcore bands. Their brand of powerful melodic hardcore is the next chapter of evolution in their genre. "No Love Can Save Me" is the newest 7"EP release from The Carrier. Recorded by Jay Maas at The Getaway Group (Meltdown, Shipwreck a.d.), "No Love Can Save Me" cries out with impassioned vocals and towering guitar melodies that sway and swell before crashing forth with explosive energy.
Here are The Carrier's latest tour dates: More...
New York horror death metal band Mortician are working on their first DVD.
The band stated that "2008 will see Mortician's first ever DVD release! Concert footage from various shows in the U.S and out of the country will be featured, some in raw form, others in Professional multi-angle camera shots. Total time should be anwhere from 1 - 1 1/2 HRS total!"
No specific release date was set, but the band did state that it should be out some time in the summer of 2008.
Mortician also said that the previously announced split CD with polish grindcore band Dead Infection would be delayed due to Dead Infection's contractual obligation to provide a new album for their label.
Entwine has announced a few more summer dates on their MySpace page. The upcoming tour dates are as follows:
Jul. 05 Sysmä - Pajularock
Jul. 18 Ähtäri - Club B-52
Jul. 19 Kouvola - House of Rock
Jul. 24 Joensuu - Bepop
Jul. 25 Oulu - Qstock
Jul. 26 Kuopio - Kuopiorock
Jul. 27 Lahti - Kisapuistorock
Aug. 02 Loviisa - Backyard Festival
Entwine is currently working on their upcoming album, tentatively due before the end of the year.
Norway's Chrome Division, featuring Dimmu Borgir's Shagrath on guitars, has announced on their MySpace that their new album, entitled "Booze, Broads and Beelzebub," will be released on July 18th 2008. We are really looking forward to this release, and you should too, cause this one kicks some serious ass. The album was recorded at Studio Fredmann and the band guarantees "a much better sounding album than the first one."
Starting May 19, Bay Area thrash titans Testament will be featured on MTV's 52/52. 52/52 is a showcase for today's top musical acts. Previously featured artists include Foo Fighters, Mariah Carey, Bad Brains, Paramore, and Against Me. Testament's 52 / 52 kicks off at 6:00AM on May 19th and runs until 5:59AM the following Monday, May 26.
MTV filmed Testament's live performance at BB King's in New York City on April, as well as a special performance on Alcatraz in the band's hometown of San Francisco. There will also be tons more extra footage, so tune in all week long and check it out.
Testament's fans can also go to MTV.com to see longer pieces of performances and catch footage they might have missed on air. The footage is available under "Artist of the Week" on the main page. Testament can be found there under the MTV Buzzworthy section. More...
Seventh Rule Recordings has announced the signing of Light Yourself On Fire. Representing Tampa, Florida, Light Yourself On Fire consists of four veterans of Tampa's metal and hardcore scenes, hailing from such bands as Reversal Of Man, Scrog, and Brutality.
Light Yourself On Fire describes the origin of its visceral, aggressive sound as "hardcore kids growing up in the death metal capital and being influenced by early 90's noise," naming Obituary, Swans, and Christian Death as influences.
Seventh Rule Recordings, a Chicago-based label with albums by Akimbo, Sweet Cobra, Buried At Sea, and Indian under its belt, will release Light Yourself On Fire's new effort, "Intimacy," in fall 2008. "Intimacy" was recorded by Mark Nikolich (Torche, Kylesa) at Atomic Audio Recording in Tampa, Florida, and mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Nile) at Visceral Sound.
Light Yourself On Fire's debut full-length was released in 2007, on CD by Kiss Of Death Records and on cassette by Robotic Empire.
The band will be touring throughout 2008.
Massachussetts hardcore/metal label Redemptive Records has decided to close up shop this year. Here is the official announcement:
"After many times thinking and thinking about the fate of Redemptive. We have decided Redemptive Records is closing shop. We will be helping Our Darkest Day with finishing up their release. Due to family and other unforeseen factors we are closing Redemptive Records. As for the owner of Redemptive Records he will continue to be in scene. He is moving to Joplin, MO in June. He is working on a writing career and He will be seeking other ways to support his family. He wanted Redemptive to pan out so he could support his family and friends but I guess God has something different in mind. Don wishes Our Darkest Day, Senseless Beauty, and Pictures of Winter the Best!"
Still be on the look out for Our Darkest Day's album coming in July 2008 and Senseless Beauty's album coming later in 2008.
Rock Against Diabetes is gearing up for their upcoming event on August 23rd by auctioning off spectacular music memorabilia and instruments donated by celebrities and artists in support of the event. Featured items include:
A 3 hour private guitar lesson with Bumblefoot (GnR) in the NYC Gibson showroom, Winner will receive a guitar (TBD model), a one of a kind private lesson, signed Bumblefoot T-shirt, and signed CD's, including the new release "Abnormal."
A Minarik Lotus Guitar, autographed by ALL of the Houseguests of Big Brother 9, Evel Dick Donato, Janelle Pierzina, and loads more of the cast and crew of the Big Brothers series.
A Vigier Excalibur Bfoot model, signed by Bumblefoot himself.
Minarik Inferno bass, autographed by Motorhead.
Sets of VIP R.A.D. tickets, only 50 sets in existence.
Hundreds of other autographed memorabilia, from Duran Duran, INXS, Korn, Smashing Pumpkins, Ok Go, Kylie Minoge, Triumph, Depeche Mode, Dropkick Murphy's, John Mayer, Mandy Moore, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicole Kidman, Meatloaf, BuckCherry, Simple Plan, Y&T, Phil Collins, Joan Baez, Bumblefoot, Hellyeah, Natalie Portman, Billy Squire, Wolfmother and MANY more.
Most items will be available on EBay, with key auctions taking place on RockAgainstDiabetes.org.
Together with Industrialized Metal webzine, DEATH TO MUSIC Productions brings you part 2 in the "F**k 'Em All" ™ series of free industrial metal compilations.
Volume 2 is supported by an exlusive new track from reformed dutch exerimetalist KONG, a brand new track from UK polical-industrailsts The Bombs Of Enduring Freedom, a rare non DnB track from Venezuelan producer Zardonic, a first track debut from Onirica as well as some interesting additions from Golden Age (rus), Techny-Cal X (fra), Plutonium (swe), Kryptyk Plaque (usa), Heritech (usa) and what is possibly the world premiere of an industrial band from Pakistan - Burzukh.
You can downlaod it for FREE on the "releases" page, where you will find all 10 tracks, accompanied by artwork and links to a short interview with each artist? You can also download Volume 1 and other releases for free. You simply need to click the link to send an email and you'll be mailed the access codes to download each release.
Norway's Gorelord have issued the following album update:
"A little update from Camp Gorelord."
"First up... the new album will become a goddamn rifforama!! Grooves, speed and fucking melodies grinded together into a massive fucking beast!"
"Can't wait to finish this son of a bitch... no.. I'm not talking about that alcoholic.. what's his name.... Jesus..haha!! bad bad bad!!
The album should have been done by now, but due to a little accident, I had to put everything on hold for a couple of months, but it will be complete by the end of june/beginning of july." More...
Florida metallers, ANOTHER BLACK DAY, have posted the title track of their album, "ANOTHER BLACK DAY," online at this location.
ANOTHER BLACK DAY are currently on the road in support of their upcoming breakthrough release, touring with Drowning Pool and Egypt Central. Dates are as follows:
5/14 - Greenville, South Carolina at Handlebar w/ Drowning Pool
5/20 - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at Westshore Hardware Bar w/ Drowning Pool
5/21 - Cambridge, Maryland at Sail Winds Park w/ Drowning Pool
5/23 - Lynchburg, Virginia at Cattle Annies w/ Drowning Pool
5/24 - Grand Rapids, Michigan at The Intersection w/ Drowning Pool
5/25 - Rockford, Illinois at Rockford Speedway - WXRX Wing Ding w/Black Stone Cherry, Theory of A Deadman
6/07 - Kansas City, Missouri at Liberty Memorial- Rockfest 2008 w/Stone Temple Pilots, Saliva, Chevelle, Sevendust
Chicago based rockers Disturbed have posted an alternate video to their latest single "Inside The Fire" online. You can view it below.
The new album "Indestructible" is scheduled to be released on June 3rd. More...
Taproot have revealed that their new album, "Our Long Road Home" will be released on August 5th. You can check out the song "You're Not Home Tonight" on the bands official Myspace page.
The band have also announced that they will play the following shows:
May 22 - Toledo, OH @ Headliner’s
May 23 - Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
May 24 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Former VIXEN drummer Roxy Petrucci has posted the following message:
"Your requests haven't gone unnoticed. I recently contacted all three original Vixen members to Rev it up once again for some reunion shows. We were so very close to making it happen but I guess it's just not meant to be.
However, Janet (Gardner - vocals/guitar), Share (Pedersen - bass) and I have decided to record some new material together. That's right Janet Gardner is back!... and you'll be hearing more from her in the near future. Her voice and presence was sorely missed and I know her fans will be stoked!!
We've come along way as artists and I'm looking forward to working with them once again!
Song of the day - 'Love Is A Killer'. Janet's vocal track KILLS!"
Technical metal heroes Meshuggah have posted their new video for the track "Bleed" online. You can check it out below.
The song comes from the bands latest album "obZen". More...
Italian metallers Lacuna Coil are returning to Australian shores in June. One lucky person in each major city will win a double pass show and get to hang out with Cristina Scabbia and the boys. The band's official photographer will take a photo of you with the band, and the photo will be posted on the band's myspace page. And you get to take a friend along for the ride, too. Also, three runners up from each state will win a double pass to the show.
To enter in the competition, email: info@kmwproductions with your details and answer the following question: 'Is Cristina Scabbia the hottest chick in Metal?' The best entry from each state wins and winners will be announced Wednesday, May 14.
Nuclear Blast Records is offering YOUR unsigned, underground metal band the chance to sign a worldwide record deal. In a unique contest in collaboration with MySpace International, unsigned metal bands from around the world will have the opportunity to win a contract with the leading label for (extreme) metal music.
The duration of the contest is from May 5, 2008 until October 1, 2008. At the end of the contest, Nuclear Blast Records will select 10 bands that will go into the finals. Finalists will be contacted by Nuclear Blast, and then the grand prize winner will be announced. Finalists’ band names cannot be revealed.
The rules for the contest are as follows:
- Band must be unsigned
- Band should play Metal
- Absolutely no cover bands
- Own your song material
- No offensive material – Fascism and racism will not be tolerated
- No song material older than 2 years
- Bands music should be in the English language
- Bands must be able to speak and communicate in English
- Don’t send mp3s , myspace adresses only
- Nuclear Blast has the first rights on signing the band
Runner up winners will win a download contract (your band songs will be available for sale) at the Nuclear Blast Music Shop, www.nuclearblast-musicshop.de. The Nuclear Blast Music Shop is the MP3 purchase platform of Nuclear Blast. In addition, your band will receive a touring support slot for a Nuclear Blast band.
For more information, rules and everything you need to apply, go to the official MySpace page.
Massacre Records reports that Disbelief's next album will probably be released in April 2009.
Disbelief re-signed with Massacre Records to release their latest album, "Navigator," in early 2007, after releasing "66 Sick" in 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Swedish black metal band, Nidrike, have issued the following update on their MySpace page:
"I just wanted to let everyone know that we have chosen a label for the upcoming MCD and we r just awaiting the finished contract. The label is based in Sweden which makes it alot easier when it comes to well, everything. But more about this when the deal is signed."
"When it comes to the new MCD, I have written 2.5 songs and I’m very satisfied with how it sounds! This time we have a plan about what we want to do, and thats also why we decided to do a MCD with 6 songs instead of a fullength album. It will be a new turn for Nidrike, and we r aiming for the mid 90:s, Swedish black metal scene with Naglfar, Vinterland, Dissection and so on. Dont really know why, but it just feels right at the moment. Don’t be afraid though, there will be some blasting parts filled with the Nidrike hatred you now are used to!"
"I don’t got any news regarding the "Blodsarv" album, and we r just waiting for BPR to let us know what’s happening. We really hope the album will be released soon!"
Bring Me The Horizon have now completed work on their forthcoming, second album. The tentative release date is September 22nd.
The band will begin touring in the second half of this year which will include full U.S. and U.K. tours.
It has been confirmed that Alice In Chains are now back to work on their new album, which will be the first album since their self-titled CD in 1995 and the first without vocalist Layne Staley.
Guitarist/ Vocalist Jerry Cantrell states: "We've been working about the last four months, and there's a good bulk of music and a good body of work so far, and we're having fun, and you know, we're taking our time and trying to figure out where William fits in and where we need to step up, and I have all the confidence in the world in the guys," he said. "The most important thing to me is that we're all together and, you know, it's been a tough and painful experience at times, but it's been very rewarding at the same time."
Cantrell has also said that the band has no plans for any live shows in 2008.
Ex-Stratovarius main man, Timo Tolkki, issues a major update on his MySpace page discussing his new project, Revolution Renaisance:
”I'm writing this from Hong Kong overlooking the amazing bay. It is a great pleasure to announce the new singer of RR I have chosen from over 400 vocalists that sent me their MP3s. Thank you so much for sending all those...all together I have received over 1500 applications and I have listened through them all. I am sorry for those who were not chosen, but I can tell you that you should NEVER give up. Follow your heart and you will get there eventually. Don't think about money or success, think about your art, the money comes by itself, not the other way around.” More...
New Jersey metallers, Blind Hate Experiment, have posted two songs from their last demo on their MySpace page. The songs, “Consequences” and “Born Into It (acoustic)” were previously unreleased and were recorded in their rehearsal studio. Blind Hate Experiment broke up in 2006, released an album, entitled “Portrait Of My Emotions” and were signed to Seventh Level Records.
Massachusetts metallers, Cortez, have posted a live track from their show at the Middle East on May 10th on their MySpace page. The song, “All the Say,” will be featured on their new album. Details on the new album will surface in the near future.
Ohio metallers, Inhale Exhale, have posted a new song, entitled "It's Myself Vs. Being A Man," up on their MySpace page. The song comes off of their upcoming album, "I Swear..."
The tracklisting for "I Swear..." is as follows:
1. I Needed A Space Ship (Instead I Got Problems)
2. It's Myself Vs. Being A Man
3. The Impatient Will Suffer
4. Is The Fact That I'm Trying To Do It, Doing It For You?
5. I Live The Bad life (You Make It Worse)
6. No One Is Invincible
7. The Words That We Have Chosen
8. Drink Till We Drop
9. I'll Die With No Friends And A Grin On My Face
11. Knowledge = Priceless
Vader mainman Peter Wiwczarek has posted the following report from the road:
"The first two weeks of the tour are behind us... We have played already several concerts in France, Germany, Benelux and England. To tour in our own nightliner, with the best roadies in the world - veterans of Vader's invasions - can be only a pleasure. It guaranties calm, so necessary in such long and important tours...
Finally we can realize in the best way, all that was prepared by our management in last months. Almost all venues, where we play are good places, so the bands and - first of all - our fans should enjoy it.
This is the first day off today (there will be three more on the tour), so I found a moment to drop some lines and recap the first two weeks of the tour.
We had a great time on the boat, on the trip to Forts Enet and Boyard on Atlantic Ocean (and cool time on grill organized by our drivers Kristoph and Zbiggy). There were our old friends from INACTIVE MESSIAH among us but also "new faces"... if I can describe so the great bands like DEVIAN or SEPTIC FLESH. More...
As previously reported, Ozzfest will be a one day even this year, taking place on August 9th in Dallas, Texas. Two more acts have been added to the "Texas Stage", namely The Destro and Within Chaos.
The lineup so far is as follows:
Main Stage: OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, SERJ TANKIAN, HELLYEAH, JONATHAN DAVIS, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT, All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
Second Stage: SEVENDUST, DEVILDRIVER, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SOILENT GREEN, WITCHCRAFT, GOATWHORE.
Texas Stage: THE SWORD, DROWNING POOL, RIGOR MORTIS, WITHIN CHAOS, THE DESTRO.
Legendary rockers Van Halen have now been confirmed for Guitar Hero, joining such acts as Def Leppard, The Eagles and Linkin Park.
Activision have also confirmed that drums, bass, guitar and vocals will be able to play seperately in the game.
More details are soon to follow.
Billboard.com reports: Nearly four years have passed since the release of Slipknot's "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)." But members of the masked metal act have little doubt that its as-yet-untitled fourth studio effort, tentatively due Aug. 12 via Roadrunner Records, will appease its loyal fans, the Maggots.
"It's going to rip your face off," Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor tells Billboard.com with confidence. "I don't think the world will be ready for this album."
Declining to give an album title or song names, Taylor describes Slipknot's forthcoming set -- which is being recorded in the band's home state of Iowa -- as a "very dark" cross between "Vol. 3" and 2001's "Iowa." "It has so much power in it and yet there are so many great spots for melody," he explains. "It's a controlled chaos that hits you right out of the gate."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
Freshly signed to Screaming Ferret Wreckords, Mongrel, made up by singer Drew Barker, guitarists Adam Savage and Andrew X, bassist Rev, and drummer Ed Loguercio, are aiming to leave their mark with a newly re-released version of their debut full-length, "Fear, Lies, and Propaganda."
"Recording 'Fear, Lies, and Propaganda' was a very busy but rewarding time," recalls the group's leader and main songwriter, Savage. "Mongrel doesn't really know how to take time off, so during the period of time we were recording, mixing, mastering, we were also playing 6-10 shows a month as well. Our nights off from shows more often than not meant an afternoon and/or evening in the studio to do some tracking, over-dubs, or mixing whenever the studio was available over a couple months time. The great thing was that despite the busy schedule, no matter who was at the studio on a given night doing some work we always were productive and had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs, including our engineer."
Mongrel's "Fear, Lies, and Propaganda" balances old school punk intensity and energy with hard rock hooks and riffs and also including elements of grunge and metal.
But the album is only part of the equation, as a Mongrel concert is certainly an unforgettable experience, admits Savage. "Once we're on stage, it's no holds barred with the always possible risk of injury with 4 people up front in near constant motion. It's high energy, intense, and fun, interactive with the crowd, we love it when the crowd sings along and allows us to feed off that energy between the performance and the people up front. Fans can expect a band that is always willing to hang out and chat because we're all music fans too and are always eager to talk to the bands that we love so it is very important for us to interact with anyone who wants to at our shows."
"We are looking to tour more extensively both here in the US and with any luck in Europe as well. We are looking to record and release our next full-length album within the next year, with most of it already written and tested out live. Continuing to build upon our strong work ethic and strong connection with our fans, spreading the word, getting more media exposure, and hopefully never resorting to using the cliche 'Our new album is heavier yet more melodic'."
Here is the complete tracklisting for "Fear, Lies, and Propaganda": More...
Musician and author Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M. was recently honored at Covenant House California’s 9th annual Awards Gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The highlight of the evening was a check presentation of $250,000 to Covenant House by honoree Nikki Sixx. Sixx is donating a portion of proceeds from his New York Times best-selling book The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star to benefit Running Wild In The Night, a creative arts program he created for Covenant House California at their youth shelters in Los Angeles and Oakland.
This summer, Sixx will make stops in the U.S. and Canada, performing with both of his bands, Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M. as a part of Crüe Fest, also featuring performances by Buckcherry, Papa Roach, and Trapt.
Death metal band HAIL OF BULLETS' debut album, "…Of Frost and War" has been streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page since May 9.
The band is also getting front page features on the MySpace music-sites in the Benelux, Sweden and Germany.
Hail of Bullets consists of former PESTILENCE and current ASPHYX-singer Martin van Drunen, ex-HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, GOREFEST-drummer Ed Warby and both THANATOS-guitarists Paul Baayens (also in ASPHYX) and Stephan Gebédi.
"...Of Frost and War" was released yesterday, May 13.
Gothenburg-based death metal sextet Marionette will filmed their "Spite" release party set for possible future DVD release. Handling the filming and directing the crew was Robert Karlsson of Revolver Film Company (Patrick Ullaeus, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir). Marionette also posted the song "Legion" onto their official Myspace page.
Spite was recorded with a team of up-and-coming and established producers in the Swedish scene, including Simon Exner (ETHEREAL) and two-time Swedish Grammy award winner Åke Parmerud in Gothenburg and Borås, Sweden. Spite was mixed and mastered by Christian Silver at Studio Mega (SONIC SYNDICATE, BY NIGHT, THE CROWN) in Varberg, Sweden. In addition to "Legion," "Release," "Burn Me," "Parasite," "Burn Me," and "Flies" are all available for streaming on the band's official Myspace Page.
Marionette recently released the music video for the song "Burn Me," which was recorded and produced by Robert Karlsson, who works with acclaimed Swedish video director Patrick Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR) at Revolver Film Company. This video, in addition to Marionette's live music videos and studio diaries from the Spite recording session can be viewed on the band's Youtube Page. More...
Indie Recordings has announced the signing of the doom metal band FUNERAL. Their yet to be titled new album will be released on September 1, 2008.
With three albums and an EP under their belt, FUNERAL has grown to be one of the leading doom bands in Europe. Having sold more than 8,000 copies of their previous album "From These Wounds" on TABU Recordings, it's no doubt FUNERAL will make an impact on the metal scene this fall. FUNERAL is by many considered to be the founding fathers of the sub genre Funeral-Doom. They are known to push the limits, and on their next album they will once again challenge the genre by adding complex brass and string arrangements.
The album will be available both as a regular CD and VINYL but also in a very exclusive limited edition DIGIPACK with a bonus DVD.
In a press statement the band comments the signing and the upcoming album:
"Funeral are thankful towards Indie Recordings for taking the chance to release our miserable dirges. The band are looking forward to work with this up and coming Norwegian label for future releases. Hopefully this does not ruin our funereal underground touch. The Funeral-march towards the never ending evenfall continues."