Metal News for May 15, 2006
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20 news articles posted on this day.
Former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES members Amery Smith (drums), Grant Estes (guitar) and Louichi Mayorga (bass) have joined forces with ex-EXCEL frontman Dan Clements in a new band called AGAINST. "We're currently in the studio working and have two songs that will appear on [the] 'Welcome to Venice 2' [compilation] being put out by Built On An Ounce Records," according to Estes. "We [recently] did a sellout show at The Good Hurt Club in Venice and are doing another [tonight] May 15. Both shows are benefits to help launch the 'Welcome to Venice 2' disc."
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE were removed from the ROB ZOMBIE tour with LACUNA COIL after the band's guitarist/vocalist Matthew "Matt" Tuck slammed ROB ZOMBIE in an online post. Tuck claimed that his band was "not being treated well" on the ZOMBIE tour and calling the headliners "money-grabbing fucks" for allegedly seling their t-shirts for $40 a piece and making the support bands do the same. "As I write this, I'm sitting on the fuckin' floor of the venue 'coz we don't have a dressing room again, 'coz fuckin' Zombie takes them all for him, his band and crew," Tuck wrote at the time. "Basically, we are shit to him, but fuck it — if this is what it takes to get a name over here, then it's gotta be done. I'm not one to fuck around with words, so yes, we are not being treated well on this tour. Oh yeah, we don't get a soundcheck either. Fuckin' pissed at this tour, man."
A few hours after making his original post, Tuck returned to BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's official message board to apologize to Rob and Zombie's crew for his earlier remarks, explaining, "I was really out of it this morning and let shit on the road fuck with my hung-over head. I'm truly sorry if any of my comments about this tour were out of line and totally exaggerated. This is our first real tour in the States and with lots of personal shit happening to me from home I just lost it. We really have been totally fuckin' thrilled to have the chance to play on this tour and are grateful for every new fan we make. It means everything to us to be able to play our shit for new fans. I'm really sorry to have offended anyone and look forward to putting this behind and getting back to the metal." More...
New Jersey progressive death metal band, Divinity Destroyed, post an update on their website regarding the cancelation of a youth group benefit show:
"As many of you may have heard (or seen) by now, this Friday's show at St. Mary's Parish Center may very well be cancelled. Click here to gain some insight.
Friday's show was organized by Brianna Taylor, a 13 year-old girl with cerebral palsy, and Tara Frelund. Ten days before the show date, two priests were informed that one of the bands performing was called Divinity Destroyed and had "pornography" and "Satanic" subject matter on their website. They immediately pulled the plug.
Despite the pleadings of Brianna, Tara, and other youth group members who scheduled, booked, and organized the event, their decision stood. Mark even met with the two priests, successfully clarifying every misconception and misunderstanding over the period of an hour.
The show remained cancelled.
They didn't like our name. They didn't like our sense of humor. They found other bands we're playing with disagreeable. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But unfortunately, their opinion was enough to abruptly cancel an event they had little to do with.
By shutting the show down, they literally prevented thousands of dollars from reaching the Sunshine Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to help handicapped kids like Brianna.
This, we would not stand for. Not even for our sake but for the simple principle that these men of the cloth are doing the complete opposite of what they should be. They are rejecting the youth that look up to them and denying help to those in dire need of it.
We fear the show may ultimately remain cancelled. But people need to know the truth. Good can still come of this situation. It made the front page of the Asbury Park Press, just about every radio station in Jersey spent time on it, and we'll be damned if this appalling act of ignorance and hypocrisy goes unnoticed.
What can you do? Sign this petition and pass it on to as many people as humanly possible.
People may not like us...our name, our image, our music...but this simply isn't right."
In addition to their confirmed date at the Download festival, KHOMA (formerly KOMA) — the Swedish band featuring members of CULT OF LUNA, THE PERISHERS, and the DEPORTEES — will be playing a handful of gigs with labelmates 36 CRAZYFISTS. The details are as follows:
Jun. 09 – Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
Jun. 13 - Cardiff, UK @ Barfly
Jun. 14 - Birmingham, UK @ Barfly
Jun. 15 - London, UK @ Barfly
KHOMA released their sophomore album, "The Second Wave", in April via Roadrunner Records.
Hailing from Umeå, a hotbed of Swedish talent (CULT OF LUNA, REFUSED, MESHUGGAH, (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY, etc.), KHOMA was born in 2002. Conceived from a fusion of the long established local hardcore scene and a more diverse, emotive pop scene, KHOMA features the core of vocalist Jan Jämte, guitarist Johannes Persson, and Fredrik Kihlberg on guitar/piano.
KHOMA's debut album, "Tsunami", was issued under the band's previous moniker, in 2004.
Swedish video game metal band, Game Over, have posted an update on their official website:
"We now have a Myspace account (thanks a lot, Trows, for the style design and the initiative). It's at www.myspace.com/nesperado. We know there are other Game Over myspace accounts out there, but this one is the official. "
In addition, Game Over have released a new demo entitled NESperado. A sample from the demo can be heard here.
AOL Music has full CD streams of the following upcoming albums:
There is a new live performance of Devildriver available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester NY and the clip is for their track "The Mountain."
Devildriver is currently on tour with Remembering Never and Bury Your Dead. The remaining tour dates are as follows: More...
Just For Fun
Reading my daily round of blogs today, there was an obscure reference to a "cowbell" which linked to this site, which contains a classic video of Saturday Night Live. The SNL skit revolves around the Blue Oyster Cult and features Christopher Walken as Bruce Dickinson and Will Ferrell as Gene Frenkle - a fictional character in charge of the cow bell (actually handled by BOC singer Eric Bloom).
Guitarist Christofer Johnsson reports that "pre-production of the new album is going well" and offered the following information about his time in the studio:
"Work = all the time; Sleep = never. THERION never give out any info like titles of songs on future releases before it's 100% finished. None [of the tracks] in particular feel difficult and they're all extremely enjoyable. The one with the working title 'Egypt' is one of the mosst enjoyable ones, but of course you won't know what song that is [until] the album finally goes public. A new electronic device I've picked up recently: a D.W. Fearn microphone amplifier." When asked about obtaining the Limited Edition George Lucas Stormtrooper action figure, Johnsson responded, "I think I can survive without that one."
In other news, the first CONFIRMED dates for THERION's World Tour for 2007 (with Grave Digger and Benedictum) have been announced and include: More...
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET mastermind/lead singer Johan Lindstrand submits a report on the band's recent outing through Europe:
"We've just come home from a great tour with Hypocrisy, Soilwork, Amorphis, and Scar Symmetry. Everything went really smooth and all the bands got along very well. We had a lot of fun and we boozed around to the very maximum with roadies, labelmates, and fans. THE ARMY is now a well-oiled metal machine with a lot of touring and experience. We're building up a great band and we're here to stay... at least until we've done a U.S. tour, hehe. We've also done our first open air appearance EVER in Vienna at the Prater Festival on the 1st of May in front of 5,000 people. Reeeeally cool show. Other news from the camp is that we now have started to work on the next album already. Yes, we have like 5 - 6 songs in progress that we believe will be really fantastic. We plan to record it in November. Too early to reveal any details yet, but we have a lot of inspiration now and we're writing 'til we bleed."
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET have been confirmed for 2006's Earthshaker Fest scheduled for July 21-22 in Kreuth, Germany.
FIREBIRD, the British band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, will release their new album, "Hot Wings", in Europe in early July via Rise Above Records. The CD will be issued in Japan on May 31 through Victor Entertainment. The track listing for the effort is as follows
02. Good Times
03. Misty Morning
04. Play The Fool
05. Horse Drawn Man
07. Bow Bells
08. Flying Blind
09. I Wish You Well
10. Needle In The Groove
11. Last Days Of August (Japanese bonus track)
An American release date for the album has yet to be announced.
FIREBIRD's current recording lineup includes Bill Steer (vocals, guitar), Al Steer (bass) and Ludwig Witt (drums).
Upcoming FIREBIRD shows:
May 25 - Fred Zeppelins – Cork, IRE
May 26 - Fibber Magees - Dublin, IRE
May 27 - Katy Daly's - Belfast, IRE
May 28 - The Dunglow Bar - Derry, IRE
END OF LEVEL BOSS vocalist/guitarist H Armstrong will be playing bass for FIREBIRD on the Irish tour.
The preliminary cover artwork for VOIVOD's new album, "Katorz", has been posted online at this location.
"Katorz" is scheduled for release on July 25, 2006 in North America via The End Records. VOIVOD recorded and mixed the album with producer Glen Robinson (ANNIHILATOR, TEA PARTY, GWAR) at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and mastered the CD in New York.
The follow-up to 2003's "Voivod", "Katorz" is the first album in the band's 20-plus-year career that did not feature founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour working alongside his bandmembers in the studio. D'Amour died August 26, 2005 in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer.
In order to record "Katorz", singer Denis "Snake" Belanger, drummer Michael "Away" Langevin, and bassist Jason "Jasonic" Newsted utilized all of the guitar parts that Piggy had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death.
In a recent interview with Greg Prato of Billboard.com, Langevin had the following to say about the upcoming CD: "It came about in unfortunate circumstances, but the result is mind-blowing. Right before his departure, Denis explained to me that he had recorded all the tracks that we had been working on with Jason and Snake for the past two years. He had recorded that on his laptop with ProTools, and even though he would have preferred to re-do the whole thing in a real studio, there was a chance that we could use the tracks. We built the album based on the guitar tracks, which was difficult, because normally, we go the other way around — we start with the drums, and then add stuff on top. But it sounds amazing."
"'Katorz' means 14 — it's the 14th effort of the band," Belanger added. "The first time Piggy put it together and gave us the demo was on CD, [and he had written] 'Katorz', which is not the right way to write it. Of course [there is] an emotional side to it, so we took the demo, and the design of it will be his handwriting."
You can check out the track "The X-Stream", taken from the upcoming CD, in streaming audio format at MP3.com.
Willowtip has announced the signing of Rochester's SULACO. Featuring former members of the legendary LETHARGY and KALIBAS, SULACO will release their brand new full-length album, "Tearing Through The Roots", on August 22.
With previous releases through Relapse (2003's self-titled EP) and a split with SOILENT GREEN via Crash and Burn Cartel, SULACO have established themselves as a band playing a style that is "spasmodically progressive as it is abrasively visceral." "Tearing Through The Roots" marks the bands first ever full-length and continues in their tradition of "amazing musicianship, progressive songwriting, and the best forward-thinking metal available today," according to a press release.
French tech-masterminds GOROD will release their new album, "Leading Vision", on August 22 via Willowtip. Consisting of 10 tracks, "Leading Vision" will "continue where 2005's 'Neurotripsicks' left off, gripping the listener with slithery, arthritis-inducing riffs and spirally, harmony-rich arpeggios," according to a press release. More information will be made available soon.
Chicago area crust/grindcore act Decrypt has recruited Tony Luktish, formerly of Michigan based band Mutilated to play drums. Decrypt will be touring in August alongside Solidification. You can download material from the band at their MySpace page.
LACUNA COIL were last night's (May 9) featured artist on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", performing on the show's outdoor stage in front of hundreds of fans. A video clip of LACUNA COIL playing their latest single, "Our Truth" in what was their first live U.S. television appearance can be viewed at YouTube.com.
LACUNA COIL's most recent album, "Karmacode", has sold 74,000 copies in the United States since its April 4 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan The CD had a phenomenal first week at retail, moving an impressive 34,000 units and securing the No. 28 spot on The Billboard 200 chart. It also debuted at No. 5 on the Hard Music chart just behind such acclaimed artists as NICKELBACK and ROB ZOMBIE.
LACUNA COIL just wrapped up a massive six-week, sold-out U.S. tour as direct support to ROB ZOMBIE, which will lead them into a main stage slot at this year's Ozzfest, becoming one of the few bands in the tour’s illustrious decade-long history to make the leap from second stage to the main stage.
Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have been confirmed as the support atc for CRADLE OF FILTH on their only Benelux club date on Thursday, June 1 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
CALLENISH CIRCLE's new album, "[Pitch.Black.Effects]", was released in the U.S. in January via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2003's "My Passion // Your Pain" was recorded at aRe U Recordings in Holland under the supervision of producer Gail Liebling (mastermind behind GAIL OF GOD). The final mix was done at Antfarm Studio in Denmark with Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, ILLDISPOSED, MNEMIC). Mastering duties were handled once again by Peter Neuber at Mega Wimp Sound in Germany. Last but not least, the complete artwork was created by Danish artist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie of Cadaverman Media.
Arizona-based extreme metal band ABIGAIL WILLIAMS have issued the following update:
"We are now gearing up to record our first full-length CD for Candlelight Records, which we think will hit stores in the fall. Right now we are currently hammering out pre-production demos and putting the final touches on some new songs. We are also happy to announce that we are working with drummer Zach Gibson (GUTROT, IN BATTLE ARRAY, ex-BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) for the album as well as some upcoming tour stuff. We will be busy rehearsing with this dude this month until early June and then it's off to the studio."
According to a recent press release, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS "take their influences from the best of the best from the old and the new and blend it into a unique and multifaceted hybrid. They have the groove and melody of the Gothenburg-style death metal, the face smashing breakdowns of the hardcore scene topped with the bombastic and epic approach favoured by the frostbitten black metal hordes. Starting only in the summer of 2005, a home recorded demo was put together to showcase the songs Ken Sorceron [vocals, guitar] had written over the years and featured Ashley Jurgemeyer on piano/keys. Connor Woods laid down the vocals and before long the demo, dubbed 'Gallow Hill', was born. These songs were distributed on the Internet via band pages set up on MySpace and PureVolume and, purely by word of mouth, resulted in an astonishing quarter of a million plays in just six months! Inspired by the response to his music, Ken put a full line up together featuring some ex-members of the Metal Blade act VEHEMENCE and started to play local shows with a view to branching out further. Unfortunately this line-up didn't work out and soon Ken was back working solely with Ashley. Local guitarist Brad Riffs was found and a new demo song, entitled 'Watchtower', was recorded with Ken now also taking up the vocal role. Throughout the line-up changes and everything else, Candlelight Records were waiting in the wings and watching developments with bated breath. Once the new stable line-up was put into place, a multi-album, worldwide deal was signed."
ABIGAIL WILLIAMS's upcoming CD will be recorded with the legendary James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) at his new Florida-based production facility. ABIGAIL WILLIAMS look forward to hitting the road with a vengeance in the later part of 2006, including a prestigious slot on one of the EMPEROR reunion shows and a U.K. tour with friends SUICIDE SILENCE.
Job For A Cowboy were unable to perform at yesterday's California Metalfest due to an injury sustained by guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju. Here's a statement from the band:
"On Thursday May 11th, Job For A Cowboy guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju was injured in a car accident. We're glad to announce that he's ok, but his left shoulder and arm are banged up. On top of that, for the first few days he's been forced to wear a sling by doctors. In the past week we've had to let our second guitarist go and have been uncapable of finding a fill-in on time. We're disappointed to let everyone know that we're forced, and unable to play May 13th's California Metalfest. We're sorry to let anyone down, but we'll be sure to make it up to everyone with our touring plans during the summer."
Black Market Activities has officially signed New York City's Behold...the Arctopus. Commenting on the band, Black Market states: "they are an extreme, instrumental and very experimental band that have as much in common with Ruins, Voivod or Cynic as they do with harsher tech-metal bands like Psyopus or Necrophagist." The group's BMA debut "Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning" features a compilation of material from the group's previous releases on Troubleman Records and Epicene Sound Systems in addition to several live tracks. You can check out some of their material here.