Metal News for May 18, 2006
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23 news articles posted on this day.
MTV.com reports: On Wednesday night, during the band's fourth and final warm-up show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, the much-rumored reunion of Axl with erstwhile GN'R guitarist Izzy Stradlin finally came to pass.
Izzy's appearance led many in attendance to believe that former lead guitarist Slash, who was similarly touted by insiders as a possible guest performer before the band's first New York gig on May 12 (see "Guns N' Roses Live: No Reunion Of Classic Lineup, But Great Anyway,"), wouldn't be far behind — but no joy.
Stradlin, who quit the band mid-tour in late 1991 and has since released five albums (solo or with his short-lived group, the Ju Ju Hounds) joined GN'R for three tunes: "Think About You," "Patience" and "Night Train."
The concert, which concluded shortly after 2 a.m., also featured guest vocalist Kid Rock on "Night Train." The four sold-out shows acted as a warm-up for GN'R's European festival appearances this summer. No other North American dates have been scheduled so far.
Finnish black metallers ARTHEMESIA have issued the following update:
"'ShamaNatahS - Promo 2006ab' is out and has been sent to selected few labels. It contains three new tracks and 'Promon02ab'.
"Our new drummer is called Erzebeth Meggadeath. He's highly skilled and destructive rock 'n' roll bonecrusher who will amaze you in the future. We hail thee. We're checking out new guitarist very soon, hopefully... and we still need a bassist. Hence, if you know how to play 'isoa kitaraa' contact us somehow. Alas, I need to warn you that you must be very skilled and can play without pick and all that hoodoo around the strangulation device. And you kinda need to be over 18 years old and live near Helsinki."
Featuring several members from the Finnish extreme metal scene, ARTHEMESIA formed in 1994, working their way up the ladder via a couple of demos before their 2001 debut release, "Devs Iratvs".
Texas group At All Cost has amicably parted ways with drummer Grant Anderson. States the band, "We love Grant and wish him the very best in all ofhis future endeavors. He is a true friend and a brotherto each of us. Thank you Grant for all the good times and tours over the past four years. You will be missed dearly."
Consequently, At All Cost is now in search of new drummer. Interested candidates should videotape themselves playing the band's songs "The Irony," "Human Now," and "This War It's Time" and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the video online.
Although somewhat inactive over the last year, Wisconsin's cult grind band Uncle Bob Drives A Combine will be picking up their overalls and workboots to get down and dirty this reaping season.
After joining forces with Gilead Media, UBDAC have announced intentions to formally release their new record entitled "The Farmer's Almanac." The album will contain six brand new songs alongside the band's entire recorded catalog; "Episode III: The Journey Begins" remastered, the previously floppy-disk only "Birth.Life.Death" EP, and three previously unreleased songs. Bonus goodies are in the plans as well, which may or may not include remixes and live enhanced cd footage. The effort is slated for a later summer release.
More details regarding Daughters' upcoming Hydra Head Records debut have been revealed. Titled "Hell Songs," the effort was produced, engineered, and mixed by Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Keelhaul) in March and April at Mad Oak Recording Studios in Allston, MA and Translator Audio in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, mastering was handled by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East in Boston. Here's the track listing:
01. Daughters Spelled Wrong
02. Fiery (download MP3)
03. Recorded Inside A Pyramid
05. Feisty Snake-Woman
06. Providence By Gaslight
08. Crotch Buffet
09. Cheers Pricks
10. The Fuck Whisperer
Notably, the song "Providence By Gaslight" features members of Kayo Dot.
Pete Flesh (DECEIVER, ex-MAZE OF TORMENT) is currently recording his sophomore solo album (under the FLESH banner), "Temple of Whores", tentatively due in September 2006 via the Gothenburg-based label Iron Fist Productions. The follow-up to the 2005 debut album, "Dödsångest", is being recorded, mixed and produced at the Abyss studio by Tommy Tägtgren and Pete Flesh and include nine tracks. Session drums on the CD were once again played by Flingan. Plans are currently underway to do some shows next summer. Pete Flesh is currently looking into finding suitable members. In the meantime, you can check out two tracks from "Temple of Whores" at their MySpace page.
Portugal's MOONSPELL will be teaming up with KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES for a North American tour beginning around October 12. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
MOONSPELL's latest CD, "Memorial", recently entered the Portuguese album chart at position No. 1. "Memorial" also entered the charts at Nr. 68 in Germany and Nr. 181 in France. The album was produced by Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING, SAMAEL) at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany.
MOONSPELL are expected to release a DVD, entitled "Lunar Still/13 Years of Doom", via Century Media later in the year.
St. John's, Newfoundland "stoner" rockers SHEAVY have posted the following message on their official web site:
"We've got added another guitar player. His name is Tommy Boland and if you've seen the ['Sheavy at the Masonic Temple'] DVD you'll know who [we're] talking about. At the moment we're jamming again to prepare for a gig here in town (June 30th @ Junctions) and possibly some gigs in Germany in July. We're also optimistic about doing a new CD and DVD this year. The DVD for 'Republic?' is almost sold out and since we have no cash ... there will be no re-pressing."
SHEAVY's latest album, "Republic?", is available in Europe via Rise Above Records. The "Sheavy at the Masonic Temple" live DVD was filmed on May 10, 2005 at the Masonic Temple Ballroom in St. John's.
The technical prog duo Sleep Terror have completed their debut album "Probing Tranquility" for Feeling Faint Productions (Harlots), expected to be released sometime in July. Two tracks from the record can be heard on their MySpace page. As previously reported, the band will be touring this summer with Beneath The Massacre and Neuraxis.
Killing of Mind hails from Santa Rosa, California and is made up of four members, including Paul Nieblas on vocals, Niall Mulcahy hitting the drums, Russell Mederios on guitar/vocals and Tony D'Orazio on Bass/backup vocals). Having released two independent cd's: "Self-titled" black EP (2002), and "Strings" (2004), they are one of the top unsigned metal acts in the underground at this point and seem to firing on all cylinders with their high energy live shows. The band took time out recently to give us all a better rundown on what makes Killing of Mind tick. More...
Dillinger Escape Plan have lined up a handful of headlining dates with support from Dysrhythmia. Here are the tour dates so far:
7/14 Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy's
7/15 Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
7/18 Houston, TX @ Walter's On Washington
7/19 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
7/20 Austin, TX @ Emo's
7/21 Fayetteville, AR @ The Music Hall
7/22 Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
7/23 Madison, WI @ The Annex
7/28 Papillion, NE @ The Rock
7/29 Wichita, KS @ Headway Skatepark
SEVENDUST have issued the following statement regarding their previously announced European tour:
"Due to a lack of tour support once guaranteed by our previous label, we have regrettably been forced to cancel our European tour plans for the month of June. We would like to express our apologies and share in the disappointment with our fans but vow to return to Europe in the very near future."
SEVENDUST were recently forced to forgo their initial U.S. tour dates in early May due to a broken bone in the left hand of guitarist John Connolly.
Canada’s technical metallers INTO ETERNITY are currently hard at work recording the follow-up to 2004’s groundbreaking, Buried In Oblivion. Calling in, guitarist and mainman Tim Roth said. “This week Jim (Austin) finished tracking drums on six songs, and I’ll start recording all the guitar parts Thursday. Hopefully I’ll be done this weekend as we start recording Troy’s bass on Monday and are shooting to get to vocals recorded by next weekend. All signs point towards an early fall release, if all goes well. I’d also like to say that the New England Metal Fest went great, and we got some great photos from that trip, check them and our photos with Dragonforce out here. We also posted photos from our sold-out hometown show there as well. That’ll have to tide you guys over until we get back on the road. See all of you later this year!”
INTO ETERNITY spent 2005 circumnavigating North America on six different continent spanning tours. Returning home to finish writing material for this new album the band also performed at the New England Metal Fest before supporting Gamma Ray on the East Coast.
YAKUZA have added more dates to the band’s touring schedule to support its new album, SAMSARA. This time, the band will hit the road with The Number 12 Looks Like You, HeavyHeavyLowLow, and The Jonbenet. Fresh off its recent appearance at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, YAKUZA is just a week out from again hitting road for the “Decibel Presents Dysrhythmia, and Behold…The Arctopus” tour, continuing the band’s virtually non-stop touring campaign in support of the new record.
Here are the confirmed YAKUZA tour dates so far: More...
Jungle Rot have posted the following update:
The official release date for our new album "War Zone" is now set for June 27th on Crash Music Inc. Be sure you check out the lead-off track, "Victims Of Violence", from the new album at our MySpace page. Plans are in the works to have a record release party at EXIT in Chicago on June 25th. More details about that soon.
Jungle Rot has been named as direct support for Deicide on their upcoming U.S. tour! We'll be hitting the road in support of "War Zone" on September 20th with Deicide and our brothers in Hurtlocker and Desolation! The tour should be hitting pretty much every major market in the U.S., as well as some smaller ones. We're counting on you, the fans, to come on out to these shows and support, as we need it now more than ever! More details coming soon as well as all dates and locations!
We are still slated to appear at this years Central Illinois Metalfest in Urbana, Illinois on the weekend of July 21st-22nd. We will also be performing on Friday, August 25th, 2006 at Nite Cap Lounge in Chicago supporting our buds in Origin! In the coming months we will be looking to book a few shows in and around the Chicagoland and Wisconsin areas. Details will always be posted here and at our MySpace page.
We would like to thank everyone that made our recent European trip a complete success! We had a great time and met and made many new fans this time around! We appreciate all the support! Thanks to the bands Macabre, Whorecore, Impaled Nazarene, Xenomorph, Disparaged, Structural Defect, Deface, all our friends overseas, and to our crew Jorg, Locke, Alex, Matt, and Speckmann for all their invaluable help! Pictures will be posted soon!
The official website will be getting a facelift in the next month!
Converge will be joining the Sounds of the Underground tour on select dates. Tour dates with Converge are as follows:
July 9 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 11 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
July 12 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
July 13 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center
July 14 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
July 15 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
July 16 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
July 17 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post
Zao has been added to the last two dates of the Strhess tour which includes, Poison the Well, Suffocation, Shadows Fall, and It Dies Today. Dates with Zao are as follows:
August 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
August 12 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
TJ Morris of Watchers Entertainment, one of the organizers of the Death In The Forest Festival, set to take place May 20 in upstate New York, has issued the following update regarding the festival's current status:
"First and foremost: Death In The Forest is still on. DITF was never off. We have been in the process of relocating, for a few reasons, which will be addressed shortly.
"Death In The Forest has been moved, less than 20 minutes, to the Catskill Mountain Ranch, located just outside of Wurtsboro, New York, in the town of Mamakating.
"The date is still the same: May 20th, 2006. The times are still the same. We will still have the same brutal bands, and still have the same great vendors. Only the location has changed.
"Catskill Mountain Ranch is literally in the middle of the woods (how perfect) and features a full-service paintball field (bring your own guns, the rentals will surely sell out) a pretty large skate park, and on-grounds camping. With the camping, you can come in the night before, have yourselves a little beer-b-que, see the greatest metal show to hit the tri-state area, and then have another bigger beer-b-que, all for less than the cost of one hotel room.
"As for the people who do have hotel rooms already booked in Middletown: CMR is less than 20 minutes away, and easily located from the middletown, new york area. We have made every attempt to relocate this event to an area within a reasonable distance to the Orange County Fair Grounds, and we feel that a 20-minute drive up the road is reasonable.
"You can Google the Catskill Mountain Ranch to call and book a spot for your tent, RV, or camper. They do have an online reservation feature, but we have been asked not to utilize this, as it is not so reliable.
"Now, as for the relocation. Let me start by saying that yes, in fact, we did feel it necessary to relocate from the OC Fair due to weather. The grounds at the OC Fair have been ill-kept, and only see action once a year for the annual fair. Our stages weigh about as much as a fully loaded semi-trailer, and anyone who knows about trucks knows that they sink in mud. That's not good for a multi-million dollar stage. Additionally, two of the stages would have located outside, so if in the event (and highly probable, in fact) that T-storms did hit the area, as forecasted, we would have had large metal structure swaying in the rain, while the equipment got soaked. not good. A decision had been made, even with the fairgrounds' approval, to relocate the stages. More...
Reunited '80s thrash band ROTTING CORPSE, whose original lineup included SOLITUDE AETURNUS founder John Perez and former DEATH touring guitarist/roadie Walter Trachsler, have released their documentary DVD, entitled "Circus of Fools".
The hour-plus-long documentary, directed and produced by SPLarsen, contains rare career-spanning footage of ROTTING CORPSE, rare still photographs, interviews with present as well as former members Perez and David Gryder (BLOOD OF THE SUN) and 37-minutes of rare bonus material.
The interviews were not limited to band members but included individuals such as Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER, DANGEROUS TOYS), Rodney Dunsmore (DEVASTATION), Scott Fulwiler, creator of TexasMetalUnderground.com and others who were able to recall the early days of ROTTING CORPSE and the thrash metal scene throughout Texas.
The majority of the interviews occurred during the May 2005 tour of Texas when a two-person film crew from Deermagian Filmworks accompanied ROTTING CORPSE, documenting each show and conducting the interviews.
DAGOBA has been announced as the opening act for two DEFTONES shows in France:
Paris, Zénith, May 30th
Lille, Aéronef, May 31st
Dagoba has just wrapped up a 35 date tour across Europe with IN FLAMES and SEPULTURA.
Photos of Dragonforce and Black Majesty, plus two videos from the sold out Sydney, Australia show have been posted on Pyromusic.com. You can check them out here.
Guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh, who surprised his fans last week when he announced through a press release that he had left SUM 41, has told Rolling Stone magazine that he quit the group because of musical differences. "As a guitar player, growing up I always used to practice the entire album of 'Symbolic' by DEATH, you know what I mean?" he said.
Baksh has since connected with his first cousin, bassist Vaughn Lal, with whom he used to play before joining SUM 41 and continue to jam when he was off the road. "It was always a release for the two of us," he said, "where we could just get together and hang out and write songs and stuff like that."
Baksh says the pair is serious and has already dubbed the group the BROWN BRIGADE — complete with the logo of a brown knight. He's found a drummer, Lee Fairlea, and a second guitarist, "The Craigulator" (his guitar tech from SUM 41), and is now seeking a singer who lives in the Greater Toronto or Durham, Ontario, area.
"We're really just looking for somebody who fits the bill," said Baksh. "They have to be able to go from Death to Blood, Sweat and Tears at the drop of the hat. It's me, so of course it's going to be heavy metal. But that's all I'm going to say."
Bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson has now confirmed that he has left ROB ZOMBIE in order to join OZZY OSBOURNE's new recording/touring band. Speaking to Debby Rao of KNAC.COM, Blasko said, "It is kind of all talk; it is kind of all up in the air. But potentially I will be doing Ozzfest this summer. The whole rumor thing is kind of funny, in a sense that actually ya know I auditioned with Ozzy in the summer of 2003. I got the gig then. It is just that, what I was auditioning for got cancelled because he got in that accident. So of course that got cancelled. The following two (years) had been BLACK SABBATH headlining. Ozzy hasn't done anything solo till this past Thanksgiving. We went to London for the NFL kickoff, where we performed 'Crazy Train'. We did a couple of things over in London, a variety performance and we did Ozzy's induction to the U.K. Hall of Fame. I have performed with Ozzy on all the solo performances that he has done since I got the gig in 2003. Me playing for Ozzy is not really this new thing. It just so happens that this is the first time the two band gigs will cross paths (on tour). I have been juggling both and I had to make a decision. I just chose to go out on Ozzfest again. It will be my fourth time. That is always a really good time. There is nothing negative or any drama. It is just how things worked out."
Read the full article at KNAC.com.