Metal News for May 22, 2005
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Axis of Justice, the non-profit, grassroots, pro-social justice organization formed by Tom Morello (Audioslave) and Serj Tankian (System of a Down), has redesigned and launched its new website - http://axisofjustice.org.
The relaunched site offers practical information to further AOJ's mission - bringing together musicians, fans of music, and grass roots political organizations to fight for social justice. Among the site's redesigned features are regularly updated links to Breaking News stories from around the world that deal with social justice; recommendations of books, films and other media that focus on activism; and most important, a list of activist and charity organizations in the United States and around the world endorsed by AOJ as a way for anyone to take that first step towards getting involved. The new site also features a Message Board and a Store where Axis of Justice t-shirts, posters, buttons, stickers and the "Axis of Justice: Vol.1" CD/DVD can be purchased. All profits go back into furthering the goals of Axis of Justice.
Tankian and Morello continue their monthly radio program, the "Axis of Justice Radio Network," that combines music, passion, politics and activism. The radio show can be heard on KPFK in Los Angeles, 90.7FM, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, online at www.kpfk.org, and on XM Satellite Radio on XM channel 53. Previous Axis radio shows are archived on the relaunched site.
Well, here I am again seeing Slipknot again. Probably my sixth or seventh time, but the main reason I am here is for Lamb of God. I guess I shouldn't complain seeing I am in lowly Green Bay Wisconsin. There hasn't been a quality show here in quite a while. More...
Sworn Enemy have now inked a new deal with Century Media for the release of their next album. The band plan to enter a San Diego, CA area studio on June 14th to begin recording their new outing for the label with touring expected to follow immediately after. An official statement on the matter can be found over at the bands website, www.swornenemynyc.com
As I Lay Dying recently filmed a video for their track "Confined" with director Chris Sims (Eighteen Visions, Lamb Of God) at an abandoned Air Force base in Tustin, CA. Expect it to begin airing mid to late next month. In other news, the band will be embarking on the "Hell On Earth Tour" overseas with Heaven Shall Burn, Evergreen Terrace, Agents Of Man, Nearea and End Of Days come September, dates announced so far include:
September 23rd Bochum, GER - Matrix
September 25th Linkoping, SWE - Deadfest
September 26th Hamburg, GER - Markthalle
September 28th Ludwigsburg, GER - Rockfabrik
September 29th Wien, AUT - TBA
September 30th Schweinfurt, GER - Alter Stadtbahnhof
October 01st Erfurt, GER - Centrum
October 02nd Dresden, GER - Reithalle
October 09th Hasselt, BEL - Muziek-O-Droom
October 14th Munchen, GER - Backstage
October 15th Berlin, GER - SO 36
October 16th Frankfurt, GER - Antagonhalle
As I Lay Dying's new album "Shadows Are Security" will arrive on shelves through Metal Blade on June 14th.
MESHUGGAH have reportedly re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's new studio album, "Catch 33" (the band's final CD under their previous contract), is scheduled for release in the U.S. on May 31 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2002's "Nothing" is being described as one continuous 47-minute song divided into 13 parts and is said to be "musically the opposite" of the group's 2004 EP, "I".
In other news, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake placed third in the "Best Metal Drummer" category in the 2005 Modern Drummer magazine Readers' Poll (the top spot went to SHADOWS FALL's Jason Bittner).
MESHUGGAH have hinted in recent interviews that they may embark on a U.S. tour in the fall. At press time, no American dates have yet been announced.
Otep Shamaya, vocalist for the band OTEP, will appear on Season 5 of HBO's Def Poetry Jam. The new season begins June 10th and will also feature Alicia Keys, Dave Chappelle and favorite poets from past shows.
Rehearsals are over and Bolt Thrower is in the studio recording their first release in over 3 years. The band promises regular studio updates will be available on their website so keep checking back. In the meantime, check out this BoltThrower.com exclusive: Karl Willetts first interview since he rejoined the band.
Bolt Thrower have decided to give you a chance to hear a song off the HVP demo with Karl on vocals. The track is unmixed, with the odd rhythm guitar missing. The Mp3 can be found in the Music Downloads section.
Paria have finished a short tour with From A Second Story Window and are heading home to take a break and write. Here is the update:
"We are home from our east coast venture with our good pals From A Second Story Window. It was a short tour, but we had a great time playing shows and hanging out with those dudes. In that tour we played New England Metal Fest, which was a blast, as well as three dates with Minneapolis metal maniacs Nehemiah including their CD release show. Pictures from Metal Fest can be found here. We want to throw a special thanks out to those guys for having us for those three days and we wish them the best of luck with their new disc. Go pick it up kids!"
We will be home for the next two months (aside from Dustin who will be on tour with Analog) to write some new material for our next full length. We are planning on touring all of July and August as well as a short Canadian run with Ion Dissonance in September when their new CD on Abacus records is released. Plans are still in the works so keep checking back for that."
In other news, Schecter guitars have endorsed Paria. And Jones Soda has worked out a deal with the band and will be printing their album cover on 25,000 bottles of soda. They will be hitting shelves later this summer.
AFTER FOREVER drummer André Borgman, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year, has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"Since I promised to keep you posted about my condition and its progress, here is another update for you.
"I have been to the hospital yesterday for my results of the total body scan. The total body scan shows us still a few deviations in both lungs. Therefore I cannot be operated and we have to wait what will happen with those deviations. They aren't necessarily cancer cells, they can also be scar tissue. My doctor also told me that in 90 percent of all the cases they do get to operate the deviations proves to be scar tissue.
"The doctors will keep me under close observation for the next five years. And if something does happen and the cells do get active, they can act immediately.
"But still the best news is: I feel very well and strong and I hope to be performing again as soon as possible! First I have to see if my condition is good enough to play a whole show. The will to play again with my buddies on stage in front of you people is very big, so we'll see!"
AFTER FOREVER recently spent time at the Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany recording their fourth full-length album, "Remagine". The group's latest album, "Invisible Circles", was released in March 2004 through Transmission Records. "Invisible Circles" is the follow-up to "Decipher", which was issued in 2001.