Metal News for May 17, 2007
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11 news articles posted on this day.
In conjunction with Parkville, MD alternative metal band Forwardhead, we've posted an exclusive track on Metal Underground.com's MySpace page to promote their current/upcoming album, "Pieces." You can listen to the track "14 Cubed," which is a live track at the end of the album, exclusively on our MySpace page for the next few weeks – so head over now and check it out.
As previously reported, Forwardhead's debut album, "Pieces," was released via Hard Volume Records on May 1, 2006. "Pieces" was recently reviewed by Metal Underground.com and recieved a 3.5 out of 5 skull rating with the reviewer saying "Forwardhead are to be commended for their ability to make a three piece sound like a four piece. Everyone is pulling double duty and it shows."
Furthermore, Metalunderground.com has been announced as a sponsor of the band's release party on May 26, 2007 at the Ram's Head Live in Baltimore, MD and forthcoming worldwide headlining tour (tour dates to be announced).
To hear additional music from Forwardhead's debut album, check out their MySpace page here.
Sweden's THE DUSKFALL have posted footage from the studio, where they have been recording their new album, entitled The Dying Wonders Of The World, at this location.
The Dying Wonders Of The World, the group's follow-up to their Lifetime Supply Of Guilt release, is expected to be out later this year through Nuclear Blast Records.
SOCIETY 1 has posted demo versions of three new songs that will be included on the band's upcoming CD, "Sadist Messiah", on its MySpace page. Also available at the same location is a promotional video of the band, which follows them on tour and features interviews as well as footage of frontman Matt Zane's trademark suspension act.
SOCIETY 1 has yet to find a new label home following its split with Earache but will begin to shop around to interested companies in the near future. In the meantime they will continue to write new music and post weekly clips of current and archived footage that will show some of the more interesting moments within the history of SOCIETY 1.
"People always ask me questions about things that have happened to us while on the road and other various places and wonder if it's true," says Zane. "A lot of the of the action was caught on tape and released through four different DVDs over the years so luckily now I can post some of it and younger fans can see it for themselves."
Peter Lindgren has stepped down from his guitar wielding duties after 16 years in Opeth. Below is an open letter from Peter addressing the issue:
"It is with sadness I announce that Opeth and I are going separate ways after almost 16 years. The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life."
"The reason behind this is that I feel that I simply have lost some of the enthusiasm and inspiration needed to participate in a band that has grown from a few guys playing the music we love to a world-wide industry. The love of music has always been, and still is, our motive, but I personally have lost something along the way."
"The massive amount of touring has taken its toll. Opeth has worked extremely hard to get where we are right now and in order to persist and maintain the quality of the music, it is necessary that we continue to work hard and always stay focused. But in doing so, it means that we nowadays spend 18 or 19 months on the road and I don't feel the same enthusiasm for the upcoming world tour that I have felt earlier." More...
Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has announced several headlining dates in its home country for January 2008. The details are as follows:
Jan. 05 - Doornroosie - Nijmegen, NETH
Jan. 17 - De Kade - Zaandam, NETH
Jan. 18 - Bibelot - Dordrecht, NETH
Jan. 25 - Burgerweeshuis - Deventer, NETH
Jan. 26 - Groene Engel - Oss, NETH More...
You can check out a new song from THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU entitled “Sleeping With The Fishes, See?” online over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off their upcoming new album, Mongrel, which will be released on June 19th through Eyeball Records.
SLAYER has issued a statement regarding the cancellation of its previously announced appearances at this year's Ruisrock (which will be held July 6-7 in Turku, Finland) and Roskilde (set to take place July 5-8 in Roskilde, Denmark) festivals.
Says the band: "The members of SLAYER want all of their fans in Scandinavia to know how disappointed they are not to be coming there to play the Ruisrock and Roskilde festivals. Scandinavia has always been a particularly favorite part of the world to all four members of the band, and the support of their fans there really does mean a lot. If there were a way that SLAYER could play these two festivals in July, they would, but unfortunately, no matter how hard their team has tried to refashion the band's schedule, it just can't be worked out. SLAYER looks forward to returning to Scandinavia very soon and sincerely thanks their fans for their understanding." More...
STATIC-X has scheduled several U.K. dates in June. They are as follows:
June 24 - Carling Academy - London
June 25 - Manchester University - Manchester
June 26 - Cathouse Nightclub - Glasgow
June 27 - Birmingham Academy - Birmingham
STATIC-X's latest CD, "Cannibal", shifted more than 30,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at No. 36 on The Billboard 200 chart. This represents a slight drop from the 35,000 tally registered by the band's "Start a War" album, which came out in June 2005 and debuted at No. 29.
Bassit/vocalist Angelos of the Greek extreme metallers HOMO IRATUS has left the band. His official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"After seven years of dedicated soul deposit to HOMO IRATUS, bucketloads of fun, recordings and live shows it has come to the point where I have to part ways with the band. I did not feel comfortable with the band's new musical orientation and therefore I could not continue on playing since the change was not there for me anymore and our musical tastes where now in somewhat of a contrast. And since there's no reason of doing something you don't like as much, it was only logical to come to this.
"I'd like to thank everybody who stood by the band all these years and has helped us both as a whole and personally, our fans, all the people we cooperated with, Sifis from Wizard Live Productions, George Briggos and Eugene Tsaridis for the killer sound at recordings and shows...damn!...you're too many to mention! though last but not least a big HAIL to the guys at STU (whose walls were my home) who made the whole trip mean the world to me. Thanx guys."
HOMO IRATUS is currently seeking a new bassist. Interested parties can contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOMO IRATUS's latest CD, "Fall of the Locust", came out in 2006.
KORN's brand new single, "Evolution", has been posted on the band's MySpace page. The track was premiered on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ Wednesday (May 16), with KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer and bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu both present in the station's studio for the single's official launch.
"Evolution" comes off KORN's forthcoming eighth studio album, which due in late July.
In a new interview with MTV.com, Munky stated about the upcoming CD, "It's very musical," he explained. "I would compare it to [2002's] 'Untouchables'. It has a lot of highs and lows throughout it, and it's very gothic, I think. It kind of took on this whole gothic feel, which we didn't set out to do. When we were done with it, we sort of just sat back, and we were all kind of laughing about it, because it has that vibe throughout. I think our fans are going to be stunned by how heavy [the album] is, as far as an emotional sense. A lot of these songs are sad. But at the same time, some of the heaviest stuff we've ever done, musically, is on this record. There are moments here and there that are just tough. This one song, called 'Ever Be', just has this epic ending to it — like, imagine '300' set to song. It's crazy. Some of the stuff's very epic like that, and then pulls way back, so the dynamics on the record are very wide — from one extreme to the next, and all over the map."
RWAKE has debuted the first video from its brand new album "Voices of Omens", for the track "Leviticus", exclusively via Singingfool.com. The video was shot and directed by Bossi Baker in the band's native Arkansas.
RWAKE is currently working their way through its first extensive U.S. tour in support of "Voices of Omens". This tour began with an Eastern and Central U.S. run with label mates MINSK that is now being followed by Midwest and West Coast tour dates. RWAKE will be joined by BLACK COBRA while on the West Coast and are also set to perform as part of the Emissions From the Monolith festival at the end of the month.