Metal News for May 26, 2008
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21 news articles posted on this day.
Born From Pain (Metal Blade Records) was recently rejoined by original member Rob Franssen, who replaces departed vocalist, Kevin Otto. The group explains:
"After a long period of not knowing what was going to happen with Kevin's throat situation, Kevin was forced to stop shouting for Born From Pain by doctor's advice. The amount of shows on the schedule would have left Kevin's vocal chords scarred and marked for life and obviously he was not willing to take that risk. We had already seen it coming for a while as his situation has not been improving since Kevin's last show in December 2007. As Born From Pain had already looked to everybody who they thought were suitable for the job after original singer Che left, the only logical outcome left was to put original member Rob Franssen and former singer for bands like Feeding The Fire, Bloodsport, Wheel Of Progress and Backdraft on the mic."
Franssen comments: "After Kevin had decided to leave the band many people who are involved with the band urged me to pick up the mic, and since everybody was well-convinced I should be the one taking over due to my past experiences as a singer/frontman and being the main, longest lasting face of the band, I just did. We actually never really considered this option but it seemed right to us too and I got increasingly motivated by the trust put in me by many and started practising on the mic with the band. I feel great doing this as I have always written all the lyrics and vocal lines for the songs and I can now shout them myself. The fact that many people seem to feel I am doing a good job is really stimulating of course. Besides that, I feel like this is where I am supposed to be, it feels great again."
Hailing from Adelaide, Australia, Double Dragon have played with bands of such calibre as Slayer, Arch Enemy, Soilwork, Mastodon, Dark Tranquillity, The Black Dahlia Murder, Kataklysm, and Cephalic Carnage. Their debut full-length album, titled "Devastator," is set to hit stores in July this year via Truth Inc Records. You can check out the demo of the song "Straight Into Hell" from the upcoming album on the band's MySpace page.
Scars on Broadway, the band featuring members of System of a Down guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, has revealed a couple more European appearances including:
August 29 - Paris, France, Rock En Seine (www.rockenseine.com)
August 31 - Lüdinghausen, Germany, Area4 Festival 2008 (www.area4.de)
More European touring news is expected.
As previously reported, the band has signed with Interscope Records for the release of their self-titled debut. The album is scheduled to be released on July 29th.
Crown The Lost is now mixing thier upcoming album, "Blind Faith Loyalty." Here's an update from the band:
"Updates in CTL-ville have been sparse, primarily because we've been putting the finishing touches on the album along with getting that Kid Rock doppleganger Grimes introduced into the fold. We are now down to the final three songs for mixing and should have the album sent off to mastering in two weeks, after which we'll finally be able to get a move on with things and get this album into the hands of more capable people than ourselves.
"We're also looking to add to our live schedule, but plan on going with a "quality over quantity" route, although that could change with the persuasion of alcohol and a free beard trimmer for Renaldi, who is now starting to resemble a sloshed Grizzly Adams. Still, we will be trying to hit up more areas than Pittsburgh in the coming months, so if anyone has any connections or the gall to invite us to their city/town/state, hit us up...."
Originally released by Monumentum Records in Europe, Nihil's "krach" is now set for a domestic release via Hydra Head in September 2008. "krach" is the first installment in a trilogy, the 2nd and 3rd parts of which have just been completed, and which will also be unleashed via Hydra Head in 2008/2009. You can check out some of their material on the band's MySpace page.
Dying Fetus is about to head off on their European tour with support acts Anterior, Burning Skies and Trigger the Bloodshed, starting May 30th in Tilburg 013 Netherlands, as part of the Neurotic Death Fest line up.
The band will also play at a number of summer festivals, such as: Queens of Metal Fest, Summer Blast Fest, Hellfest, Graspop and Tuska Open Air and a number of gigs together with Testament! A complete listing of Dying Fetus tour date's can be found below.
Here are the latest Dying Fetus European tour dates:
May 30 Tilburg, Holland @ 013, Neurotic Death Fest
May 31 Kassel, Germany @ K19 w/Deadborn
June 1 Erstfeld, Switzerland @ Transilvania Live Club (Matinee) w/Testament, Deadborn
June 2 Bolzano, Italy @ Bunker w/Deadborn
June 3 Vienna, Austria @ Arena
June 4 Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Orto Bar
June 5 Split, Croatia @ Klub Kocka
June 7 Athens, Greece @ Gagarin 205 w/Testament
June 8 Thessaloniki, Greece @ Hydrogios w/Testament
June 9 Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina @ Club Bock
June 10 Budapest, Hungary @ A38
June 11 Plzen, Czech Republic @ Pod Lampou
June 12 Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja w/Antigama
June 13 Brno, Czech Republic @ Faval
June 14 Hunxe, Germany @ Death Feast
June 15 Dijon, France @ Vapeur
June 16 Luynes, Marseille, France @ Korigan
June 17 Barcelona, Spain @ Mephisto Club
June 20 Kleinwenkheim, Germany @ Queens of Metal Fest
June 21 Trier, Germany @ Summer Blast Fest
June 22 Clisson, France @ Hellfest
June 23 London, UK @ Underworld
June 24 Plymouth, UK @ White Rabbit
June 25 Glasgow, UK @ Ivory Blacks
June 26 Manchester, UK @ Music Box
June 27 Peterborough, UK @ The Park
June 28 Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop
June 29 Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Open Air
* June 23 – 27 w/ ANTERIOR, BURNING SKIES, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED
Metal Age Productions has announced the signing of U.K. death metal band Desecration. You can check out some of their latest material on their MySpace page.
Over a decade old and with six albums and myriad live performances under their belts, the trio that is Desecration are touring off the back of latest album, "Process of Decay." Here are the latest Desecration tour dates:
May 31 2008 8:00P Neurotic Deathfest 013, Tilburg - HOLLAND
Jun 14 2008 8:00P Deathfeast Open Air Hunxe - GERMANY
Jul 11 2008 8:00P Obscene Extreme Festival Trutnov - CZECH REPUBLIC
Jul 26 2008 8:00P The Arts Centre Colchester - UK
Sep 13 2008 8:00P Caos Emergente 2008 Recarei , Paredes - PORTUGAL
Sep 27 2008 8:00P Bringer of Death festival Giebelstadt - GERMANY
Sevendust recently released their latest video for the song "Prodigal Son." You can watch it on YouTube or below. "Prodigal Son" is off of the band's seventh and latest album, "Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow," which was released earlier this year.
Keep Of Kalessin recenlty released an e-card for their upcoming album, "Kolossus," which is set for release in Europe on June 6 and North America on June 10.
The band returned to Norway after completing their North American tour with Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth earlier this month. The band was to set out for Gothenburg immediately to shoot their new video for the song "Ascendant." The video is directed by Patrick Ullaeus, who is well known for his work with metal bands like Dimmu Borgir, Within Temptation, In Flames and more. The video will feature a performance video shot on a white screen/green screen.
Sacred Reich have announced they will be supporting fellow thrash legends Testament on the following date:
Friday August 29th - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
This is one of only two shows that the band will play this year, in addition to the D-Low memorial festival.
Bumblefoot has posted another video from his studio time earlier this year. You can check it out below or on YouTube.
As previously reported, Bumblefoot has released the title track off his upcoming solo album, "Abnormal," for free download on his website in various formats including MP3 and CD-quality WAV as the album version, clean version and instrumental. You can download an MP3 of the album version of "Abnormal" here. More...
Black Light Burns has announced that they will release their upcoming “covers” CD/DVD titled "Cover Your Heart and the Anvil Pants Odyssey" on August 5th. The album will feature several cover tracks, two b-sides from their debut album "Cruel Melody," remixed tracks and a DVD containing four music videos, tour documentary and assorted live footage.
The band is also working on their follow-up to "Cruel Melody."
Sevendust members Morgan Rose and Lajon Witherspoon have been interviewed for next months issue of Revolver magazine. In it, Rose explains why the band were unable to perform at the tour.
"We would've loved to be on that tour, but plain and simple, we couldn't afford to do it. I'm not going to say how much money we were offered, but at the end of the day the numbers didn't make any sense. It was like, 'If we borrow MACHINE HEAD's gear for every show, ride in a car with no crew guys, and don't bring any suitcases because they won't fit in the car anyway, we may be able to pay our bills at the end of this. But probably not.' So that was the bottom line. We would've lost our houses. And I'm not letting my kid and my wife live on the street just so I can go do some shows."
"I don't want to sit here and say, 'If they had given us more money, we would've been able to do it,' but that's the damn ticket right there!" said Witherspoon. "If they had given us more money, we would have been able to do it."
The band will be embarking on a tour with Saliva this summer.
Rock legends Motley Crue have posted samples from their new album "Saints Of Los Angeles" online. Check them out at Amazon.com.
The album is set for a June 24th release and features the following tracklisting:
'L.A.M.F.', 'Face Down In The Dirt', 'What's It Gonna Take', 'Down At The Whiskey', 'Saints Of Los Angeles' (Gang Vocal), 'Mother Fucker Of the Year', 'The Animal In Me', 'Welcome To The Machine', 'Just Another Psycho', 'Chicks = Trouble', 'This Ain't A Love Song', 'White Trash Circus', 'Goin' Out Swingin'.
Hurt has parted ways with their label, Capitol Records. The band is currently on tour with Course of Nature in support of their latest album ‘Vol. II‘ which was released in September 2007 via Capitol.
Trap Them will be utilizing the services of drummer Mike Justian (Unearth, The Red Chord) in the near future, as they've recently parted ways with their last drummer. Justian will perform with the band during their upcoming shows with Disfear. More importantly, he will appear on the group's next Deathwish Inc. release, "Seizures in Barren Praise." The effort will be recorded in June at Godcity studios in Massachusetts.
Evergreen Terrace guitarist Josh James has published an account of the group's near van disaster while traveling in Canada earlier this month:
"The Quebec City show was rad, as always. That is one of my favorite cities to play in Canada. After the show we went out to eat and left the restaurant around 2:30am. It was Caleb’s (merch guy and my little brother) 21st birthday. At about 5:30am Caleb was driving and feel asleep at the wheel. We crashed into a wall on the side of a bridge going about 75 mph. The trailer was fishtailing all over the highway and could not keep control of the van. We are lucky we didn’t flip. I honestly don’t know how or why we didn’t flip. We are lucky to be alive right now. It is pretty scary when I think back about it. Caleb said that Drew turned into an angel and just started rubbing Caleb’s back telling him that it will be ok, haha. There was minor damage to the van and trailer including 3 flat tires, and 2 trashed rims. Caleb knows how to party. Misery Signals was about 50 miles behind us so they were bringing us their spare tire while we changed out the other 2. In the process of changing the tires some cops rolled up and told us that it was against the law to change our tires on the side of the highway. They commanded us to get in the vehicle and wait for a tow truck. Total bullshit. We would have had all 3 of the tires changed in less than 30 minutes but the cops were complete assholes about it. After the tow truck arrived we were given 2 options; option 1: pay the tow truck driver $250 to drive us 1 mile up the highway and drop the van on the side of the road at the next exit or option 2: have the van and trailer impounded. We can never go to Canada without have some sort of problem with the authorities. After arguing with the cops and tow truck driver we were forced to go with option 1. Misery Signals were waiting at the next exit, their tour manager/sound guy, Adam, helped us with the tires and we were on our way in less than 15 minutes. By this time we were stoked that we were alive and able to continue the tour so naturally we blasted Bro Hymn by Pennywise and circle pitted around the van. That circle pit sums up our visit to Canada."
Dutch black metallers SAURON have posted this message on their official website:
"After 11 years of kaos we decided to end SAURON. We feel we did what we wanted and continue the madness trough several other acts. (BUNKUR, FUNERAL GOAT, FLESH MADE SIN, AVBYSMAL DARKENING, ZELFHAAT, NEMESIS INDUSTRIES and maybe more).
"We will do our one of our final shows, this Sunday, May 25, 2008 at W2, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. This will be with ENDSTILLE. So check it out if you want to catch us live one more time. More...
OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has posted this message on his MySpace page:
"Ahhh...nice weather! We have a day off and we're in...I don't even know! Sad!
I have a little cold (again)...and it sucks, but I'll be better soon. Last night in Toronto and the night before in Montreal was MAD! I love Canucks! Love all of you of course but...wow...just WOW!
I did a little guest spot with Dream theater on the second NYC show. Song a verse and a chorus for the song 'Repentence' which is an awesome song. Thing is when I got on stage my mic was switched off and the crowd could enjoy me singing without hearing a word. The Port and the rest of the DREAM THEATER guys played it over again so I could sing it with sound as well. I was literally dying up there! How embarrassing...yet, it was great fun and at least I got to sing it in the end. Great cheers for me too which I appreciate of course. More...
Sepultura have posted a teaser video for their new, as-yet untitled album, online. Check it out below. The album is set for an October release through SPV records. The band has finished recording the drums for the album and will next begin work on the guitar tracks. More...
"Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal" will be released on DVD in August. The DVD features footage and interviews with thrash legends ranging from Metallica to Kreator to Hirax. You can read an interview with director Rick Ernst at this location.
The complete list of bands interviewed is as follows:
Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Godsmack, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Testament, Overkill, Death Angel, Shadows Fall, Meshuggah, In Flames, Strapping Young Lad, Stone Sour, Superjoint Ritual, Lamb of God, Vio-lence, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction , Nuclear Assault, Voivod, Chimaira, Biohazard, Fozzy/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sepultura, Kittie, The Haunted, DRI, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage, Heathen, Hirax More...