Metal News for May 22, 2006
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Bay Area thrashers LIGHT THIS CITY will be touring heavily this summer in anticipation of the band's forthcoming record. The band will hit the road beginning July 14 with Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Too Pure To Die, and Nights Like These, wrapping up in early September.
The follow-up to 2005's 'Remains of the Gods' is currently scheduled for a Sept. 12 release through Prosthetic Records. Having returned to the studio in March, LIGHT THIS CITY again met up at Castle Ultimate Studios in Emeryville, CA with producer Zach Ohren (Animosity, All Shall Perish) for recording and have enlisted Mario Garza (Hell Within, He Is Legend) of Robot Plague for the album's artwork. Both assisted in the recording and designing for 'Remains of the Gods,' as well. The Black Dahlia Murder's Trevor Strnad makes a guest vocal appearance on a song from the new record called "Fear of Heights."
LIGHT THIS CITY on tour: More...
HYDROGYN launched the "STRIP EM' BLIND TOUR" on May 13th at the House of Rock in Baltimore. The latest tour dates are as follows:
May 26 2006 9:00P @ ELKS CLUB, ASHLAND, KY
Jun 3 2006 12:00P @ LADY GODIVA'S, Barboursville, WV
Jun 15 2006 8:00P @ Monkey Bar W/Skid Row, Huntington, WV
Jun 16 2006 8:00P @ Jaxx W/Funny Money, Springfield, VA
Jun 17 2006 9:00P @ CBGB's, Lower East Side of Manhattan, NY
Jun 23 2006 10:00P @ HOUSE OF ROCK, BALTIMORE, MD
Jul 2 2006 12:00P @ Covington, KY
Jul 14 2006 7:00P @ Sharkey's Pool side Lounge, Dayton, OH
Aug 11 2006 8:00P @ Sharkey's Pool Side Lounge (Dayton Marriott), Dayton, OH
Aug 12 2006 9:00P @ RIB FEST, HUNTINGTON, WV
Aug 19 2006 9:00P @ Rally on the River, Ironton, OH
Sep 1 2006 6:00P @ CHARLESTON REGATTA WITH ROCK 105, Charleston, WV
KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick has issued the following statement in response to rumors that the band were on the verge of breaking up:
"I wish I could set down and answer all the questions, and speculations. I will try to make light of some of the things said and suggested. You guys are wonderful so please dont take anything I say as negative or bitching... There's no anger here... just love.
"Here goes... We never fit in; no matter what we do, we can't get the masses on board, and we've done everything there is. I know you all have suggestions of what we could do do get more successful, but we have done everything there is to do! Or at least inquired about it all... We just can't get the folks on board. Woodstock '94 we played for 300 thousand people, and the next week on SoundScan we sold about 200 CDs. Then the week later nothing to comment on.... The rest of the bands on the bill — JACKYL, SHERYL CROW, LIVE, CANDLEBOX, etc. — sold millions!!! We got the best slot of the day, and USA Today, Howard Stern, MTV said we were the best band that day! We sold nothing... and it changed my life. I cut my hair and almost gave up! Plus I was going through midlife crisis. I started getting panic attacks and got blinded by my self-hate. 'Ear Candy' was the result. More...
There's been a bit of an ongoing verbal war between the infamous hardcore thrash metal act from Bronx, New York called Irate and the west coast I.R.A.T.E. - over the ownership of well, the Irate group moniker. My past interview with Erik Ulrich of the latter mentioned I.R.A.T.E. - who are currently travelling across the country with The Project Independent Tour - stirred up literal blood dripping over the curbs into the streets from the anger and frustration expressed by the New York Irate's devoted legion of fans. I wanted to be fair and give both sides a chance to tell their story. Jeff Totten of Project Independent has already spoken on his band's behalf in concern with this over-heated issue and now I give that opportunity to the other Irate and hopefully we can finally bury this battle six feet under. I personally thank Nando and Nick from NYC Irate for being real standup and giving me the honor of discussing not just the name ownership situation - but also giving all of us true metalers a bit more history of their band and what is to come from them as they move forward in life. I respect both sides, for I am merely a rock journalist who loves metal music and at the end of the day on all of this, I hope that's what we walk away talking about: music not destruction. Maybe the White house could learn a thing or two from this themselves.
Sweden's ISOLE have uploaded audio samples of all seven tracks that will appear on their sophomore album, "Throne of Void", due on June 23 via I Hate Records. You can check them out at this location.
The follow-up to 2005's "Forevermore", "Throne of Void" reportedly features "a slightly rawer and heavier sound" (both production- and music-wise) than its predecessor.
ISOLE recently released a 7" vinyl single, "The Beyond", through I Hate. The single marked the group's first recording with new drummer Jonas Lindström, who is also a member of the death metal quartet WITHERED BEAUTY and black metal quintet UNDIVINE. The single's title cut, "The Beyond", was described in a press release as "a relatively up-tempo scorcher of a song" while "Beyond the Black II" was said to be "a really slow piece of mournful epic doom." Despite borrowing its title from the debut album track, "Beyond the Black II" doesn’t have much in common with its namesake, being much slower and with only some parts recognizable from its name predecessor.
Swedish death metallers VISCERAL BLEEDING have parted ways with guitarist Marcus Nilsson. Marcus commented: "It's been an interesting and exhilarating ride, that's for sure, but I feel my lack of commitment to the band at this point will likely only hold the other guys back. I therefore step aside to let someone else join forces and strengthen the VISCERAL momentum for future brutalization! My musical endeavors do not end here though. I will never put down the guitar and will continue exploring the vast realm of music, indefinitely. I wish VISCERAL BLEEDING the best of luck and hope they will succeed in whatever they aspire to! I'd like to thank all the people I have met through the band, for their support and good times: Cheers to you all!"
The remaining members of VISCERAL BLEEDING would like to make clear that there are absolutely no hard feelings involved towards Marcus or vice versa. Guitarist Peter Persson added: "Marcus remains a very close friend to us all, we go way back and share a lot of history and VISCERAL BLEEDING wishes him the best of luck with everything he decides to put his focus on in the future." Martin Germ Bermheden (ENSHRINED) will be filling the vacant spot as the group's lead guitarist and will appear on their upcoming CD.
VISCERAL BLEEDING are expected to enter the studio in the summer to record the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2004's "Transcend Into Ferocity", tentatively due before the end of the year.
Swedish extreme metallers DISSECTION have announced that they will be splitting up imediately following their final performances in support of their newly released CD "Reinkaos". In an interview published on the band's official forum, the band's mainman Jon Nödtveidt stated, "What we have in front of us now are a few extremely select concerts that will mark the end of DISSECTION, out of which the Dissection Midsummer Massacre in Sweden on the 24th of June will be the only European concert, as well as the last. We will also make our first and last concert in Israel, as well as two final concerts on the American continent. More...
All That Remains have released a free download of 'This Calling' from their upcoming album The Fall Of Ideals. The album will be released July 11th on Prosthetic Records, and was recorded by Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) and engineer Peter Wichers (ex-SOILWORK) at Zing Recording Studios in Massachusetts. The free download of 'This Calling' is available on All That Remain’s Myspace page at www.myspace.com/allthatremains along with the previously announced stream of 'The Weak Willed', also from the upcoming album.
The Fall Of Ideals features the following tracklist: 'This Calling', 'Not Alone', 'It Dwells In Me', 'We Stand', 'Whispers (I Hear Your)', 'The Weak Willed', 'Six', 'Become The Catalyst', 'The Air That I Breathe', 'Empty Inside', 'Indictment'.
Lye By Mistake have solified their next few weeks of touring, though a few dates remain unfilled. If you can assist with any of the "HELP" dates, send an email to email@example.com. The tour schedule is as follows:
5/22 Joplin, MO @ Cesspool Castle
5/23 Oklahoma City, OK @ the Electric Chair Gallery w/ Whale, more
5/24 wichita, KS @ HELP
5/25 Denver, CO @ 15th Street Tavern
5/26 cheyenne, WY @ the Posse / A Switchblade Affair, more
5/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ HELP
5/29 Las Vegas, NV @ HELP
5/30 Long Beach, CA @ Dipiazza w/ Flatbush
5/31 Los Angeles, CA @ the Cocaine w/ Flatbush
6/1 Bakerfield, CA @ the Gate w/ Flatbush
6/3 Orange cove, CA @ 1046 12th Street w/ Our Reason To Burn, more
6/5 Livermore, CA @ Unity Skate Shop w/ Flatbush, A Black Rose Burial
6/7 Reno, NV @ the Zephyr Lounge
6/9 Grant's Pass, OR @ the Comatorium w/ Vampires, Dark Water, more
6/11 Seattle, WA @ HELP
6/12 Spokane, WA @ house show (609 east 40th)
6/13 Missoula, MT @ Higgins Hall w/ Spirit of the Stairway, more
6/14 Helena, MT @ the Gnomehound house (early show)
6/14 Helena, MT @ the Jay Bar w/ Cagematch to the Death, more
6/15 Bozeman, MT @ the Filler w/ Cagematch to the Death
Casket Salesmen, featuring ex-A Static Lullaby members Phil Pirrone and Nate Lindeman, have been joined by former Unearth guitarist, Kia Eshghi. Eshghi will play bass with the band live and will soon relocate to California to write and record with Pirrone and Lindeman on various other projects.
Circa Survive have announced their first headlining tour ever, with support from The Receiving End of Sirens, in addition to support stints from Days Away, Portugal The Man, Keating and YouInSeries. Here are the tour dates:
w/ YouInSeries, Day Away
6/30 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
7/1 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
7/3 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
7/4 Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
7/5 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
7/6 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
7/7 Chicago, IL Logan Square
7/8 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
7/9 Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagle's Club
7/11 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
7/12 Greensboro, NC @ Greene St. Club
7/13 Norfolk, VA The Norva
7/14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
7/15 St. Petersburg/Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
7/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
7/18 Orlando, FL @ The Social
7/19 Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
7/21 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
7/22 Dallas, TX @ The Door
7/23 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
7/25 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
dates w/ Portugal The Man, Keating More...
BLOODSIMPLE singer Tim Williams has posted the following mesage on the band's official MySpace page:
"We just got back from a week in the studio at an undisclosed location in Chicago. Man, we was workin our asses off. Buckled down and gettin' our groove on. We have emerged with about 5-6 new songs and some other ideas brewing. The shit, I kid you not, is on the next level for us. We are just playin our fuckin' hearts out. It was great to be back in the saddle; the boyz are good and focused. We've been off for like a month which was great, but it was better to be back. Now we are chillin' for the weekend and then it's rehersal time for Europe. Only bout a week and a 1/2 left. Then shit, it's on!!!! Across 16 countries in 30 dayz. If ya can do the math, that equals miles!!! Madd mothafuckin' miles! We will play a new song or two just to start testing them out. It's gonna be a hell of a trip, I'm ready, we will slaughter!!"
BLOODSIMPLE feature in their ranks former members of VISION OF DISORDER, DOWNSET and MEDICATION. The group's debut album, "A Cruel World", was released in March 2005 on MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray's Bullygoat label imprint (via Warner Bros.). The CD was recorded in Vancouver B.C. with producer Garth Richardson, who has previously worked with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, MUDVAYNE, SLIPKNOT and CHEVELLE. The album was mixed by Mike Fraser (HATEBREED).
Swedish death metallers VOMITORY will headline the Stonehenge festival in the Netherlands on July 29. This will probably be the band's only live appearance this summer.
VOMITORY are currently busy writing material for the follow-up to 2004's "Primal Massacre" and have reportedly completed "about one third/half" of the songs for the upcoming CD. Newcomer Peter Östlund (guitar) has contributed with two songs so far, one of which is said to be "in the typical VOMITORY vein" and the other "a bit heavier than the usual VOMITORY song." Tobias Gustafsson (drums) has written three songs so far but has four more in the works at the moment. Erik Rundqvist (bass and vocals) is solely focusing on writing the lyrics.
VOMITORY's fifth album, "Primal Massacre", was released in April 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Blood Rapture" was recorded at Studio Kuling in Örebro, Sweden and was mixed at Berno Studio.
Louisiana black/death metal band CATHOLICON have just released their second album, "The Death Throes of Christianity", via Underworld Consortium/Negativity Records. Three tracks from the follow-up to 1998's "Lost Chronicles of the War in Heaven" have been posted online at www.myspace.com/catholicon .
CATHOLICON have already completed work on their third album, which is slated for release in September via Negativity Records. Entitled "Treatise on the Abyss", the CD was recorded in December 2005 at Noisefarm Studios in Paige, Texas.
There is a new live performance video of Trivium playing their track "Like Light To The Flies" available for viewing on the Underground Video Television Website. The video footage was taken at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester NY.
Soilwork are to planning to use Darkane drummer Peter Wildo er for a handful of European festivals. Current drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who lives in Los Angeles, couldn't get him reasonably priced flights to play the shows, which were confirmed at the last minute.
In what is big news in Europe, a heavy metal band whose members have been accused of being devil worshippers has won the Eurovision Song Contest, shattering the competition's traditional image. The band from Finland performed its song dressed like characters from a horror movie.
The Eurovision Song Contest has never seen or heard anything quite like this before. But the Finnish band Lordi stormed through their set, demolishing their opponents and the bland reputation of the contest in one fell swoop: and when the votes of viewers and listeners from around Europe and beyond were finally counted up, Lordi had won an easy victory. Even the band leader himself, Mr Lordi, seemed stunned by what they'd achieved. (BBC)
Mr Lordi: "We feel great, think about it, this is weird, this is strange this is interesting. You know think about it, we're a rock band and we just won the pop song contest. That is weird and also Finland won which is kind of nice."
He also hailed the result as "a victory for open-mindedness."
From the moment Lordi won eight points at the start of the voting, Finns watched incredulously as the band continued to lead the field until it hit an all-time Eurovision high of 292 points – more than 40 ahead of Russia. (Belfast Today)
This was indeed a big victory for Finland, which first entered the contest more than forty years ago, but until now had always come away empty-handed.
Since March, when Lordi won the contest for the Finnish entry, many in the highly self-conscious nation feared that the band would damage the country's reputation. Lordi's piece was heatedly debated and the group's exploits regularly hit tabloid headlines. Band leader Mr Lordi said the group may have changed the face of Eurovision for good. "This is proof that there were rock fans watching Eurovision," he said in Athens.
The show attracted a peak viewing audience of 10.8m viewers, or 50% of the total audience, half-an-hour before the contest finale, according to unofficial overnight figures. The contest averaged 8.2m viewers throughout the duration of the show, which was broadcast between 8pm and 11pm.
Finland will now host the 2007 competition.
British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have posted the following message on their official web site:
"The new CRADLE OF FILTH album cover for their forthcoming album 'Thornography' has been banned in the U.S. The record company [Roadrunner Records] have insisted on new artwork being produced, so the band are currently working on this and the new artwork will be posted on the COF site in the next few days. At this time we are not sure if and how many booklets have been produced with the banned artwork on them."
As previously reported, "Thornography" is scheduled for release on September 19 via Roadrunner Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Libertina Grim", "Tonight in Flames", "Cemetery and Sundown", "I Am the Thorn", "The Byronic Man" (featuring guest vocals from H.I.M.'s Ville Valo) and "Temptation".
Cathedral have been nominated ‘Best Underground Band’ for this years Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. You can vote for them by following this link (where you will find a list of all the categories as well).
In other news, the band will make their debut appearance at this year's Donnington Download Festival in UK. They play on the Third stage early evening on Friday, June 9th.
Dillinger Escape Plan will issue an iTunes-exclusive EP on June 13. The release will feature new versions of "Unretrofied" and "The Perfect Design," along with four covers: Nine Inch Nails' "Wish," Massive Attack's "Angel," Soundgarden's "Jesus Christ Pose" and Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You."
As previously reported, Dillinger Escape Plan have lined up a handful of headlining dates with support from Dysrhythmia as well as festival appearances "Infest" (Asbury Park, NJ on June 11th) and Show Of The Summer (June 10th in Virginia). The tour dates with Dysrhythmia are as follows: More...
Karnal Film Productions has completed work on what it claims is "the world's first black metal porn movie." Entitled "Phallusifer – The Immoral Code", the theme of the film is "something never done before: Hardcore porn with hints of S&M and Satanic imagery starring the Harlot Queen as herself and a frontman of a known black metal band whose identity will remain anonymous, and the soundtrack is mainly comprised of decadent black metal music," reads a press release. "I am now contemplating on which bands' music to use for the movie," stated the director (who is the frontman/axeman of yet another black metal band and who wishes to remain anonymous for the time being).
Karnal Film Productions are looking and talking with distribution companies/record companies that will be able to make this film available to the extreme metal masses. All interested parties — be it labels, bands, actors and people who want to get their hands on this DVD — get in touch. All information, including still shots of the movie and a short teaser/preview, can be found at karnalfilm.com. (NOTE: Must be 18 or older to view this material; definitely not work-safe).