Metal News for May 24, 2006
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17 news articles posted on this day.
PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring the HALFORD/SEBASTIAN BACH duo of "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitar) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums), has announced a free show to kick off the band's East Coast Violence Tour 2006. The concert wil ltake place on Thursday, June 8 at The Fireside Club in Denville, New Jersey.
Commented Mike: "Free show, metal DJs spinning all night, drink specials and the evening will be topped of with PAINMUSEUM. Come out and bang heads with us."
In related news, Metal Mike will make a June 3 guest appearance on the nationally syndicated metal radio show "The Tour Bus".
PAINMUSEUM East Coast Violence 2006 Tour dates:
Jun. 08 - The Fireside Club - Denville, NJ
Jun. 11 - Big Bop Concert Hall/ Reverb Room - Toronto, Canada
Jun. 10 - Steel Music Hall Shredfest - Rochester, NY (w/ BRAND NEW SIN)
Jun. 09 - Dingbatz Club - Clifton, NJ
Jun. 08 - The Fireside Club - Denville, NJ
Artimus Pyledriver have announced that they will be their self- titled debut on June 6th. You can preview the album at the following location, http://www.drt-entertainment.com/artimus/.
"This album is just the beginning of our sonic assault on Southern rock and hardcore,” raves singer Dave Slocum. “This is the shit that bridges the gap between David Allen Coe and Black Flag."
The band was the #1 most added song at metal radio with their first single "Swamp Devil" for the week of May 15.
Terror 2000 have unveiled their new website, http://www.terror2000.net/index.php. The website is the band's official webpage and was created by McCulley Designs.
Danish modern metallers MNEMIC have recently employed the writing talents of guitarist/producer Roy Z. for one song that will surface on MNEMIC's upcoming album, due out in early 2007. The talented and heralded guitarist and songwriter for TRIBE OF GYPSIES, as well as producer of such recent metal classics as BRUCE DICKINSON's "Chemical Wedding", HALFORD's "Resurrection" and JUDAS PRIEST's "Angel of Retribution", Z. collaborated on guitar recently with MNEMIC as the band prepare to start recording their untitled third album for Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented the band: "The track has turned out really good. You can hear the heavy mixture of Roy's along with the MNEMIC style.
"We've been a fan of Roy's work since first hearing his production on the DICKINSON and HALFORD albums, he always comes out when we are playing in L.A. and is a good friend of the band. We've actually never collaborated with other musicians before when it came to composing songs, so we thought we could combine some of his heavy grove with some of our polyrhythmics and make a song."
MNEMIC are in the final stages of selecting a new vocalist, the spot vacating recently by Tony Jelencovich (ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE, B-THONG) after only several months in the frontman role. MNEMIC have "pretty much decided who it's going to be, but we need to concentrate on getting the recording going for this next album before announcing anything," explains guitarist Mircea Eftemie. "The song with Roy should be a great addition to the songs that we've had ready to go for a while now, we can't wait to get busy!"
MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister has made the Maxim magazine's Top 10 list of "Living Legends of Sex." In the June 2006 of the magazine, the MOTÖRHEAD singer "explains what makes him irresistible to women." Lemmy reveals his perfect woman and if he's gotten lucky.
Maxim: You popped your cherry when you were 18. How'd it happen?
Lemmy: "On a beach. In the rain. It was miserable, and that sand gets everywhere, you know."
Maxim: And since then you've scored 2,000 women…
Lemmy: "I never said 2,000. I said 1,000. It's probably 1,200 or so now. I've been at it a long time and I was never married, so there hasn't been any time off." More...
The Associated Press has issued the following report:
Prosecutors are objecting to Daniel Biechele's application for a work-release program.
Biechele, the former tour manager for the band GREAT WHITE, was sentenced earlier this month to serve four years in prison for lighting the pyrotechnics that sparked The Station nightclub fire in 2003.
One-hundred people died in the blaze. His lawyer said that Biechele had found work as a bookkeeper and asked a judge to allow him to participate in a work-release program while he's serving his sentence at the Adult Correctional Institutions.
But in a motion filed today, prosecutors say the decision about work release should be left to the Department of Corrections.
For those of you who don't know Rosario, she's one of the most down to earth, sweetest celebrities I have met; Dawson is best known for her performances in Men in Black and Sin City.
Dawson arrived at the Plumm in New York on May 18, 2006 to celebrate her 27th birthday. After getting a huge hug from the birthday girl, we watched as Axl sang 11 tunes, including “Used to Love Her,” “Mr. Brownstone” and “Sweet Child O' Mine”, as well as the quintessential “Happy Birthday” song. More...
Due to poor ticket sales, DOWN's June 6, 2006 show in Stockholm, Sweden has been moved from the 1500-plus-capacity Arenan to the 600-capacity Klubben. The disappointing response to the gig is believed to be at least partly due to the fact that the Sweden Rock festival is taking place June 8-10 in Sölvesborg, Sweden, with many people expected to leave for the festival site the day of the DOWN show or having set aside all their cash for Sweden Rock.
As previously reported, DOWN have announced that they will be filming shows on their spring/summer European tour for an upcoming DVD. The band will also begin work on new material shortly after returning home from the trek and are tentatively planning on entering the studio in September to begin recording their third album.
Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD will be filming a video for the first single, "Wrong Side", from their upcoming album, "The New Black", on May 28 with director Dave Brodsky (THE RED CHORD, GOD FORBID). The director is looking for extras of all shapes and sizes, so if you want to be in the video, and live in the New York City area, send an e-mail to email@example.com and they will respond with more information.
As previously reported, "The New Black" is scheduled for release in North America on July 11 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to last year's "Alien" was recorded at the Armoury and Profile studios in the band's hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia and was mixed by Mike Fraser, who has previously worked with AC/DC, AEROSMITH and METALLICA, among others.
"The New Black" track listing:
02. You Suck
05. Wrong Side
07. Far Beyond Metal
09. Almost Again
11. The New Black
12. The Long Pig
Commented STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mainman Devin Townsend: "The recording process went amazingly well, and STRAPPING as a whole is really excited about this effort. We were very inspired with the idea of doing Ozzfest, and the concept we are running with on this record is really based around abhorring the current music scene, yet being a part of it in some weird way. SYL is ready to be a subversive product for the unwitting 14-year-olds to scream along with. We also intend to sprinkle a little ugly around all the pretty bands this year. You can think of us as the proverbial pubic hair in the cheesecake of this year's festival. We are ugly, large and angry. We have also been around longer as a band than 90% the other bands. Most of all, we're just really excited to be a part of Ozzfest and this summer is going to be crazy."
The spirit of grunge rock was alive and well inside the Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday night as the surviving members of Alice in Chains took the cramped club's begrimed stage for the fifth and final stop on the iconic band's brief U.S. club run.
The concert was preceded by days of speculation about what "special guests" would join the rockers to sub for late frontman Layne Staley, who died in April 2002 from a mixture of heroin and cocaine (see "Layne Staley, Alice In Chains Singer, Dead At 34"). The most popular of the rumors had been Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, who was in New York for four gigs at the Hammerstein Ballroom (see "Guns N' Roses Live: No Reunion Of Classic Lineup, But Great Anyway"). There was also talk of Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland, Type O Negative's Peter Steele or ex-Pantera mainman Phil Anselmo joining the band.
Alas, there were no surprise guests Tuesday. Even Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan, who'd been touring with the group on this trek as a second guitarist, was missing. But that didn't seem to distract the hundreds who congested the Bowery's beer-sodden floor to witness the Chains revival (see "Alice In Chains Unveil Handful Of U.S. Club Dates").
The overly anxious mob bellowed at the sight of guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who emerged from the backstage area in a "Reefer Madness" T-shirt, black jeans and Converse sneakers, hoisting his ax high in the air. Bassist Mike Inez rushed to the front of the stage and rowdily slapped the outstretched hands that greeted him. Drummer Sean Kinney took his place behind the kit and winked and nodded at the audience. Comes With the Fall singer William DuVall — a member of Cantrell's touring band and the man Alice recruited to handle lead vocals for the group's upcoming slate of international gigs — was welcomed genially. But it was going to take some convincing to convert these die-hards, who at first leered at the afroed singer.
Without much warning, Alice in Chains dove right into "Sludge Factory," from the band's final studio LP, the self-titled 1995 "three-legged dog" disc. Next up was "Dam That River" from Alice's breakthrough 1992 album, Dirt. Cantrell's expert guitar-shredding was executed effortlessly and anchored by Inez and Kinney's meticulous rhythm section.
The band tackled such classic cuts as "We Die Young," "Junkhead" and "Down in a Hole" throughout the night. And while Alice was once Staley's band, the group belongs now to Cantrell, who elicited chants of "Jer-ry, Jer-ry" between songs and during his commanding solos. Toward the end of "Rain When I Die," Cantrell cocked his left leg and rested his foot atop one of the speakers situated at the edge of the stage. Several fans crushed forward, just so they could brush their fingers across his guitar. One stood before Cantrell, looking up at him with sheer adoration, and began caressing his calf.
It was clear Cantrell, Inez and Kinney loved every minute of it. Inez couldn't stop smiling throughout the hour-long set. DuVall proved himself an able Staley understudy not by merely replicating the late singer's signature wounded style, but by leaving his own mark on Alice's bleak tunes.
After delivering "Rooster," "It Ain't Like That" and "Them Bones," DuVall yelled, "Good night," and everyone but Cantrell raced off the stage. The guitarist grabbed DuVall's mic stand and thrust it over the audience to amplify the unwavering screams and applause. Several audience members reached up and snatched it from his clutches. "Someone's always got to be a dick," Cantrell said.
The night ended with three encore songs: "Would?," "Angry Chair" and "Man in the Box."
"I'll tell you what," Cantrell said. "It f---ing feels good."
By the end of the night, DuVall won over the crowd members, who conveyed their approval by chanting, "New guy, new guy." The gig ended with Cantrell launching himself from the stage onto the crowd, only to be consumed by a swarm of appreciative arms and lost in a sea of sweaty flesh.
Commenting on recording material for the follow-up album to last year’s The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code, Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway said, "After working our arses off on new stuff for the last couple of months, we kind of slipped into the studio when noone was looking. This thing is already sounding totally immense - even better than Code..., from where I'm standing. It's fast and furious, as you'd expect, but we're also throwing a few curveballs in, in true ND tradition. Can't wait for everyone to hear it. Take it easy peeps." The band are currently recording at Foel Studios in Wales where they also recorded their last album.
Napalm Death toured North America earlier this year with Kreator, and in fall 2005 supporting Suffocation. Look for the new album to be released this fall with an extensive worldwide tour following.
A brand new STONE SOUR track, entitled "30/30-150", has been made available for download here. The song comes off the group's forthcoming sophomore album, "Come What(ever) May" (cover), due on August 22 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER) and marks the group's first effort since the departure of drummer Joel Ekman.
STONE SOUR recently announced the addition of drummer Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY, most recently a touring member of SEPULTURA) as a full-fledged member of the group.
STONE SOUR recently shot a video for "30/30-150" in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown (MÖTLEY CRÜE, OTEP). A second clip — for the track "Through Glass" — is expected to be lensed during the coming weeks. You can watch a clip of the band working in the studio here, with a rough cut of new track "Reborn" used as the soundtrack.
STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".
Israeli atmospheric black metallers BISHOP OF HEXEN will release their long-awaited second album, "The Nightmarish Compositions", on June 23 via the Austrian metal label CCP Records. The upcoming CD will mark the group's first release since 1997's "Archives of an Enchanted Philosophy", which was released through Hammerheart Records.
"The Nightmarish Compositions" (view cover) track listing:
01. Unveil the Curtain of Sanity
02. Eyes Gaze to a Future Foreseen
03. A Serpentine Crave
04. Sleeping by Nightmares
05. Self Loathing Orchestration
06. Spiritual Soul Sunset
07. The Somber Grounds of Truth
08. Stride the Corridors of One's Mind
09. Velvet Demise
An audio sample of the track "Velvet Demise" is available at the band's official web site.
Paria have completed pre-production for their upcoming album. According to the band, "These tracks will only be available online and have been recorded with former vocalist Brian Craig, who will also be doing all our shows with us throughout the summer." Paria will enter the studio this fall to record a new full-length. Meanwhile, the band has a handful of shows lined up for the coming months:
5/27 Minneapolis, MN @ The Toybox
5/28 Milwaukee, WI @ Shorewood Legion Hall
5/29 Orland Park, IL @ Mojoes Coffee House w/ Animosity
5/30 Lowell, IN @ Indian Trail Grange
5/31 Peoria, IL @ East Peoria Legion Hall
6/1 Madison, WI @ The Depot
6/3 Omaha, NE @ Chez Paree (Summerfest 2006)
6/10 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground w/ Narcotic Self, Cellador
6/21 Moorhead, MN @ All Star Bowl (Grind Your Face Off Fest VI)
6/22 Mandan, ND @ The Post
6/23 Brookings, SD @ College
6/30 St. Cloud, MN @ Cheap Thrills
7/1 Minneapolis, MN @ The New Toybox
7/5 Libertyville, MO @ Liberty Communty Center
7/21 West Bend, WI @ Country Skate (Robot Mosh Fest)
7/28 Papillion, NE @ The Rock w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dysrhythmia
8/19 Memphis, TN @ TBA
9/23 Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
Morbid Angel have announced the following Festivals and club shows for the band in Europe this summer. See list below:
Aug. 05 Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
Aug. 07 Kavarna, Bulgaria - Monsters of Rock Festival
Aug. 12 Svojsice, Czech Republic - Brutal Assault Festival
Aug. 14 Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
Aug. 15 Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
Aug. 16 Belgrade, SER - SKC
Aug. 18 Dinkelsbuehl-Sinbronn, Germany - Summer Breeze
Aug. 20 Tilburg, Holland - 013
Aug. 22 London, England - Mean Fiddler
Aug. 24 Bergen, Norway - Hole in the Sky
Aug. 26 Germunden am Main, Germany - Up from the Ground Open Air
Amon Amarth have posted the following studio update on the band's official website:
"Around noon today Ted finished all bass lines and added another level of heaviness to the production and, just to show his appearance, Thor brought on a little thunderstorm yesterday. It changed our bbq plans for the evening a bit, but we don't mind. Next up is Johan adding his powerful grunts. We have divided the vocals recording into two sessions so we will start with two or three days first. After that we take five days to lay down lead guitars and will continue with the vocals after that. This to make it easier for Johan's voice to last, since screaming 8-10 hours straight per day is not the easiest task!
"In other news we can also reveal that yesterday we got our first copy of the "Wrath of Norsemen" DVD [view photo] and even we are amazed!"
Machine Head, Converge, Vision of Disorder, Horse the Band and other special guests have been added to select dates on the Sounds of the Underground tour, featuring As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot, Through the Eyes of the Dead and Evergreen Terrace.
The tour, which represents some of the best independent-minded music available today, begins appropriately over the Independence Day holiday week, on July 8 in Cleveland and runs through August 12 winding up in Universal City, California.
The new additions are: More...