Metal News for May 25, 2006
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13 news articles posted on this day.
San Diego, California is home to many intriguing metal acts today, but I dare say that Hard Echo is one of its most well rounded and technically sound, featuring Mark Arrington on vocals, Tony Jenkins and Tim Bailleul on guitars, with Norm Campbell on Bass. Though they are currently looking for a competent double bass drummer, this is a metal act that is ready for a bright future ahead and the thousands of screaming fans that await their old school progressive metal attack. I was able to recently get some questions in with their extremely gifted lead singer. More...
Madball will hook up with Dropkick Murphys for a brief run of dates in mid-July. Brain Failure will also perform. Here are the tour dates so far:
7/12 New Haven, CT @ Toads Place
7/13 Providence, RI @ India Point Park
7/14 Hampton Beach, NH @ Casino Ballroom
7/15 Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
7/16 Wantagh, NY @ Mulchays Rock N Roll Sports Bar
Hardcore band Damnation AD, who recently reunited following roughly six years of inactivity, have officially signed with Indecision Records. The Washington, DC-based band has begun tracking a new album and will also be touring Europe in June.
Chiodos have dropped off the remainder of their current tour with Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, etc. as a result of some health issues with singer Craig Owens. States the band: "Craig woke up this morning with a severe shortness of breathe, and needs to get back home to rest up. As many of you know, Craig has suffered from a collapsed lung in the past. Due to the symptoms coming back, we have decided to pull out of our direct supporting slot on our current tour. Craig and the rest of us will be resting up to get ready for our upcoming tour with It Dies Today and Haste The Day. we are terribly sorry, and would like to apologize to all of our fans in Canada, Boston, and Pittsburgh that planned on attending these shows. we hope that you understand that we love you but a band members health comes first."
Dying Fetus have officially announced the addition of drummer Duane Timlin to their line-up. Here's a statement from the band:
"It's been a long year of searching, but we wanted to move forward in the certainty of having the right person for the group. Duane joins Mike Kimball, guitar, Sean Beasley, bass and vocals, and original member John Gallagher, guitar and vocals, to complete our 4-piece lineup. The band were already friends with Duane, and even toured with him when he played drums for Divine Empire, who supported Dying Fetus on our 2003 summer headlining tour. Duane submitted an impressive video audition as well as auditioning in person the weekend of May 13, and has demonstrated to us that he has the skills and dedication we were looking for! We want to thank everyone who auditioned or contacted us about the spot - we appreciate your consideration, talent, and hard work. We will announce further details about our recording and touring schedule soon. Keep checking back for recording dates in mid-summer and tour dates in late winter of this year."
Due to reader feedback, the default font size on metalunderground.com has been slightly increased and is now closer to the original font size prior to the redesign that rolled out earlier this month. I've since discovered that Mac users viewing the site in Safari have a smaller default font than other browsers, so the small type was especially hard to read for them. In the case that text (or specific parts of the site such as the new releases, which is very small text) is not legible, some customization features have been added, which you can currently access in the footer of the page (they need a more prominent placement eventually). There, you can change the font size by clicking on the "small," "medium," "large," and "XL" links and your preference will be saved to a cookie on your computer.
In general, there are still some minor tweaks being made to the entire site, and each section is being addressed one at a time in order to uncover any problems and polish them up. If you have and serious problems with a part of the site aside from some text looking weird, please let us know. Thanks for your feedback and your patience.
DARK FAITH, who feature in their ranks members of PATHS OF POSSESSION (Metal Blade Records) and CRIMSON MASSACRE (Deathgasm Records), have finished recording a new five-song EP at D.O.W. (Diet Of Worms) studios in Seffner, Florida with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL). The band will kick off a U.S. tour June 29 in Tampa, Florida. The dates are as follows:
Jun. 29 - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
Jun. 30 - Virgina Beach, VA @ TBA
Jul. 01 - Richmond, VA @ The Nanci Raygun
Jul. 02 - Philidelphia, PA @ The Boiler Room (all ages show)
Jul. 04 - Manor, PA @ American Legion Hall (all ages show)
Jul. 05 - Pittsburg, PA @ TBA
Jul. 06 - Columbus, OH @ TBA
Jul. 07 - Cincinatti @ Sudsys Malones
Jul. 08 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
Jul. 09 - Dayton, OH @ TBA
Jul. 10 - Evansville, IN @ TBA
Jul. 11 - Dickson, TN @ TBA
Jul. 12 - Chicago, IL @ TBA
Jul. 13 - Milwuakee, WI @ vnuk's lounge
Jul. 14 - Herrin, IL @ Herrin Teen Town
Jul. 15 - Springfield, Mo @ The Blue Room
Jul. 16 - Joplin,MO @ Cesspoll Castle
Jul. 18 - Fayetteville, AK @ The Gypsy
Jul. 19 - Houston, TX @ Walter's on Washington
Jul. 20 - Alice, TX @ TBA
Jul. 21 - Harlingen, TX @ Smiley's Ballroom
Jul. 22 - Laredo, TX @ TBA
Jul. 23 - San Marcas, TX @ Gordy's
Jul. 26 - Baton Rogue, LA @ the Darkroom
Jul. 27 - Lafayette, LA @ Club Sin
Jul. 28 - Atlanta, GA @ Deathgasm Records/Swayzees
Jul. 29 - Orlando, FL @ the haven
Jul. 30 - Ft. Pierce, FL @ The boozegois Saloon (invite-only show)
Brazilian metallers GENOCÍDIO, one of the greatest acts of the local metal scene in the '90s, is back featuring a lineup which mixes old members (Murillo Leite [guitars and vocals] and W. Perna [bass]) with brand-new musicians (Dennis Decurion [guitars, ex-ARE YOU GOD?) and Fábio Moyses [drums, ex-MASTIFF]).
The tragic accident which happened to W. Perna at the Galeria do Rock in São Paulo (SP), in which the musician had part of his right-hand thumb cut off forced the band to stop its activities. "We are aware that Perna isn't still 100% and it will take some time further, but we do believe in his willpower," said Murillo Leite in a statement. "We're providing him the widespread support and we hope the band's fans understand, as do we."
GENOCÍDIO have been rehearsing a setlist consisting of selections from what many people consider to be the band's most creative period — prior to the 1996 album "Posthumous". The group intend to begin playing out again later in the year, with tentative plans to record a new studio album for a 2007 release.
Risen from the ashes of Miasmata, Shattered and with a current member from Enemy Ground. Stay Dead was formed to make a metallic style of hardcore with a death metal twist. The band started rehearsing and three songs written in this time saw light in the form of a demo. The demo will be available at the end of June @ all Enemy Ground shows or moshwear.com. You can check out an mp3 at their MySpace page.
MOTÖRHEAD have set "Kiss of Death" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on August 29 via Sanctuary Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Inferno" was produced by Cameron Webb, who also worked with the group on their last effort. A new MOTÖRHEAD track, entitled "Kingdom of the Worm", received its world premiere on Friday, May 19 during MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister's appearance on the "Jonesy's Jukebox" radio show on Indie 103.1 FM. A transcript of Lemmy's chat with "Jonesy's Jukebox" host Steve Jones (of the SEX PISTOLS fame) can be found at chriswasanon.blogspot.com (scroll down to the Monday, May 22, 2006 entry).
Lemmy is featured in the June 2006 issue of Maxim magazine as one of the top 10 "Living Legends of Sex." Also appearing in the issue are Jack Nicholson, Julio Iglesias, Gene Simmons, Charlie Sheen and Magic Johnson, among others.
Limited-edition CD/DVD boxsets of MARDUK's classic "La Grande Danse Macabre" and "World Funeral" albums are being released by Regain Records in June. The details are as follows:
MARDUK "La Grande Danse Macabre" limited edition CD/DVD box-set edition (limited to 3,000 copies). Brand new luxurious limited edition reissue of this black metal classic. Comes packed in a clapbox, including;
* remastered version of "La Grande Danse Macabre" + bonus song digipack CD
* "Live Essen, Germany 2002" DVD
* alchemy metal pin
"La Grande Danse Macabre" Remastered CD: More...
NYC’s finest melodic metal combo Endwell featuring the departed John “Beatz” Holohan of Bayside’s brother, have signed to Victory Records. Their debut on Victory is set for an Autumn release. You can listen to some of Endwell's material at PureVolume.com.
Ferret Records has posted a new e-player for Zao’s new record, "The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here,” where you can hear the band’s new track “Physician Heal Thyself” and see a video clip of Dan talking about the meaning behind the song. They will be putting up a new track every week leading up to release.
If just hearing the song isn’t good enough, then head over to Purevolume.com and download the track for FREE.
The new album was recorded by Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies) and is due out June 13, 2006. Zao will be on select headlining dates in June and then as direct support for Demon Hunter.