Metal News for May 27, 2008
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26 news articles posted on this day.
Neurosis has announced plans to tour Europe in August. Details have yet to be finalized, but here's some preliminary information:
08/14 Warsaw, PL @ TBA
08/15 Josefov, CZ @ Brutal Assault Festival
08/16 Kiewit Hasselt, BEL @ Pukkelpop Festival
08/18 Leipzig, DE @ TBA
08/20 Dortmund, DE @ TBA
08/21 Munich, DE @ TBA
08/22 Le Locle, CH @ VNV Festival
08/23 Ancona, IT @ Mamamia
Nightmare Records has announced the signing of MEMOIRA, a young female-fronted Finnish band playing "epic melancholic metal" that has progressive and gothic orchestral parts, carrying on in the fashon of bands such as Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot, Within Temptation, Evanescence, Lacuna Coil.
MEMOIRA is known for it’s strong melancholic melodies and heavy guitar walls, and began it’s journey in the beginning of 2007, originally formed by the two guitarists Jani Haanpää and Marko Heurlin in 2001. They gathered together a group of various musicians who had played in different bands. Memoira went to studio to work on first album in the end of 2007 and in the beginning of 2008 started to work with Lance King (known for best for his work as vocalist of BALANCE OF POWER, PYRAMAZE and most recently of AVIAN & KRUCIBLE ) as an executive producer naturally leading to their new full length debut "SELF TITLED" release with Lance's label Nightmare Records.
Memoira's new album is set for a release of August 19, 2008. The tracklisting is as follows: More...
Wrapping up their Gigantour dates, In Flames will be heading back to Europe to play on many of the biggest festivals. Here are the latest In Flames tour dates and festival appearances:
29 May – Gröna Lund/Stockholm – Sweden (Headline show)
7 June – Rock Am Ring – Germany
8 June – Rock IM Park – Germany
13 June – Greenfields – Switzerland
14 June – Nova Rock – Austria
15 June – Download Festival – UK
16 June – M. Hammer Golden Gods awards – Indigo2 (02 arena) - London - UK
20 June – Hellfest – France
21 June – Nummi Rock – Finland
26 June - Peace & Love – Sweden
27 June – Hove Festival – Norway
28 June – Metal Town – Gothenburg/Sweden
29 June – Graspop – Belgium
4 July - Metal Camp – Slovenia
5 July – With Full Force – Germany
12 July – Evolution Festival – Italy
18 July – Rockperry Festival – Finland
1 August – Lustenau – Austria More...
SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records in January of 2008 after extensive touring for their debut EP, "Subhuman Empire," available via Debello Recordings. Guitarist Ian Sturgill speaks on what is to be expected of their first full-length LP titled "The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry," produced by James Murphy (Testament, Obituary, Disincarnate):
"We have taken great care to make this album as completely pissed-off as humanly possible. This music has become more than what we could have ever hoped it could be. Our EP was recorded roughly 3 weeks after the band's formation; this recording, with more jams under our belt and James at the helm, is to be experienced by the listener as we had always intended. We're here to make Metal fucking scary again. That being said, onto the lyrical content:
"It is our firm belief that the currently accepted beliefs and their subsequent courses of action are instrumental in the tumultuous times in which we are living. The slow hypnosis and systematic retrograde of the general population is coming to a very ugly head. It is only through a radical overhaul in the current human paradigm that we may be able to avoid what very well could result in our self destruction; or at very best, our total enslavement. It is now more important than ever that we observe our history and endeavor to avoid our prior mistakes.
"There is a human tendency to point fingers in times like these. When the human animal observes that which it does not understand or is at odds with, the common reaction is to become the polar opposite of that which it despises; in this Left/Right/Black/White thought and response process, a million possibilities are overlooked and drastic measures find themselves in the place of rational actions. The human animal then seeks to assimilate its enemy. This is a very robotic response, and is unlike the standard fight or flee instincts that are prevalent throughout the animal kingdom.
"To conquer an enemy, it is often wise to divide them among their own ranks... and divide ourselves we do; by border, race, faction, genre, culture, rank, blood and class. But who then indeed, is our enemy?
"The powers of thought, speech and action are grossly underestimated due to the debasement of mankind.
"'The Grand Partition...' is a dire reminder than we are the clearest and most direct danger to ourselves."
Pre-production has been completed for "The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry". Drum tracking will begin in June at Hollow Studios in Rockland County, NY.
Gringindtheapparatus.net will be taking video documentation of the recording process will begin in June, and will also be available at YouTube.com/SWWAATSTube; fan submitted live videos of the band can be viewed in the meantime.
S.W.W.A.T.S. features former members of BODIES IN THE GEARS OF THE APPARATUS and DEHUMANIZED.
Gun Barrel have a number of festival appearances planned for this summer and beyond. Here are the latest dates:
31. May 2008, Wuppertal (GER), Börsencrash Festival
07. June 2008, Neunkirchen (GER), Saarbangersmetalfestival
14. June 2008, Cologne (GER), Underground
21. June 2008, Peine (GER), Helter Skelter Festival
03. October 2008, Attendorn-Listerscheid (GER), Dragonslayer Festival
18. October 2008, Büllach (CH), True as Steel Festival
(Hed)P.E. has revealed that they will release their new live album, "The DIY Guys" on July 8th through Suburban Noize Records. The set will also include unreleased songs. The tracklisting is as follows:
2. Not Dead Yet
3. Game Over
4. Peer Pressure
6. The Truth
8. Niteclub In Bali
9. Get Em Up
10. War On The Middle Class*
11. Ordo AB Chao*
13. Real Talk (Instrumental)
Deicide frontman Glen Benton has posted the following message:
"It is with great pleasure to announce that I will be performing with Deicide once again after a 14 month absence and that my legal issues that have prevented myself from performing have been resolved.
"Without going into great detail about my personal life, because I am a person who prefers his privacy, I wish to extend my apologies to the promoters and to my business associates who may have been inconvenienced. More...
Exodus mainstay Gary Holt has posted the following message:
"Hey all, just kicking back at home for a bit before we head over to Europe late July, but I am pleased to announce that Exodus have re-signed to Nuclear Blast!
"We have been working on this since last October and I am happy to say that we'll continue our relationship with the greatest label in metal for some time to come!
"It's good to be with a label that we can call home after so many different stops along our career and we are psyched to move even further into the future.
"There is no telling how heavy things can get!"
British godfathers of grindcore Napalm Death have just been announced to perform at this years Bloodstock event alongside such acts as Dimmu Borgir and Iced Earth. The band are rumoured to be working on a new album, scheduled for a late 2008 release.
Norwegian prog-metal band Pagan's Mind will be touring Europe and making various festival appearances througout the summer. Here are their latest tour dates:
29. May 2008, Oslo (NO), John Dee
30. May 2008, Stavanger (NO), Folken
07. June 2008, Trondheim (NO), Trondheim Rock Festival w/ Judas Priest, Immortal, The Quireboys + v.o. (www.trondheimrockfestival.no)
05. July 2008, Bergum (NL), Waldrock
12. July 2008, Kvinesdal (NO), Norway Rock Festival w/ Alice Cooper, Motörhead + v.o. (www.norwayrockfestival.com)
03. October 2008, Baarlo (NL), ProgPower Europe Festival
31. October 2008, Copenhagen (DK), ProgPower Scandinavia
As previously reported, Pagan's Mind will be one of three headliners of the ProgPower Europe 2008 festival. The three-day event will celebrate its 10th anniversary with three bands on Friday, October 3 and six on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands. According to the festival organizers, PAGAN'S MIND will play "a full show of almost two hours."
Our old-school thrashers, The Batallion, consisting of past and present members of Old Funeral, Borknagar, Taake, Grimfist and Bömbers, have been booked for several European festivals this summer.
Confirmed festival dates are:
01.08.08 LOST WEEKEND FESTIVAL – NOR
24.08.08 LA FERME DU ROCK FESTIVAL – FRA
LiveDaily.com reports that KISS, currently touring Europe on its massive 35th anniversary tour, will make a detour in August for a pair of US shows before planning a second leg of North American tour dates.
The iconic masked quartet will make an Aug. 4 appearance at Sturgis, SD's Rock'n the Rally, a three-day outdoor event scheduled as part of the town's annual motorcycle rally.
KISS also shows an Aug. 31 date in Kelseyville, CA, on its schedule, which looks to get fleshed out over the coming months with a full allotment of North American dates. "Until we sort out the next leg, we don't want to stop, so we're doing a few US shows for our enjoyment, as much as the fans," the band recently posted on its website.
The venerable rockers set out on the Alive/35 tour in March to celebrate their 35th anniversary as a band, hitting New Zealand and Australia for the first time since 1997. The group is currently playing its first European dates since the 1998-99 Psycho Circus Tour.
Read the full article at LiveDaily.com.
Rob Zombie has posted the following teaser/tidbit on his MySpace blog about his latest effort, "The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto":
"The big news !!!! The one and only TURA SATANA from the one and only FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! has reprised her lengendary role as VARLA in THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO! How can this movie get any cooler?
"The scene involves VARLA and OTIS from THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. Good times in Monsterland."
Ex-Stratovarius main man, Timo Tolkki's new band Revolution Renaissance is still seeking a bassist. Here is the update from the man himself:
"Having almost completed the line up for REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, we are still looking for bass players. You have to be quick, recordings and tours are awaiting. So please send 2 recently taken photos (one headshot and one fullbody shot) and 3 MP3's of your playing with a short desrciption about yourself. Don't send links, send the material exactly as requested. You can be from anywhere, but Scandinavians have the priority. Good luck! Send the stuff to: email@example.com"
As previously reported, Tolkii recenlty revealed the band's vocalist as Gus Monsanto, a 33-year old metal singer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More...
36 DEADLY FISTS is in the studio recording their new EP, "Nemesis." The band is working with Billy from Biohazard and Jeff (engineer for "if I die") at his new recording studio in Perth Amboy (NJ). The EP will contain a few re-recorded favorites as well as new songs. "Nemesis" is set for a June 2008 release.
In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.
36 Deadly Fists recently re-formed after almost four years with a completely new line-up.
Revolver’s Hottest Chicks In Metal cover girl and tattoo artist Kat Von D recently made a guest appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmell Live! as boyfriend and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx looked on and interjected from the audience. You can watch the seven-and-a-half-minute segment below: More...
Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford have this week released the previously announced "Into The Pit" 4-disc Fight retrospective, featuring the band's three audio recordings re-engineered for release: "War Of Words - Remixed & Remastered," "Mutations - Remastered," "A Small Deadly Space - Remixed & Remastered" plus a two hour DVD, "Fight Live In Phoenix," a 24-page full-color booklet and custom-designed digi-box.
Fight's first audio singles, "Never Again" (from "A Small Deadly Space - Remixed & Remastered") and "Straight Jacket Mix" (from "Mutations - Remastered"), will be available for a limited time as free audio downloads in 192k and 256k MP3s, FLAC and WMA formats at HalfordMusic.com.
"Never Again" will also debut as a bundle of five de-constructed and pre-mixed stems at HalfordMusic.com beginning June 2, 2008. Professional and non-professional engineers are invited to download and enjoy the stems, mix the separate audio tracks for personal use or remix "Never Again" for playback and a vote by The Metal God's audience. Upload details, etc., are available at RobHalford.com/remix beginning June 2nd.
Also, beginning June 2nd iPod and Zune users will be invited to download two free videos: "Into The Pit" and a live performance of Fight's best charting single "Little Crazy," taken from the new DVD "Live In Phoenix." Visit RobHalford.com for more details.
Fight's "Into The Pit" 4-disc, retrospective was released via online retailers such as Amazon.com, HalfordMusic.com and North America retailers on May 27, 2008, and will be released at European Union retailers June 13, 2008 and United Kingdom retailers June 30, 2008. "Into The Pit" is also available at digital service providers such as iTunes keyword Fight, your preferred digital service provider and from HalfordMusic.com.
It's been quite some time since Baltimore-based alt-metal band Nothingface reunited for some shows. Now the band is reportedly making yet another album (their first since 2003’s "Skeletons") with their original lineup: vocalist Matt Holt, guitarist Tom Maxwell (also of HELLYEAH), bassist Bill Gaal, and drummer Chris Houck, and a teaser has been posted online on YouTube (embedded below). More...
Revolver reporter Brian Stillman has posted the first part of his exclusive behind-the-scenes video of his trip to Kuwait to hang with Disturbed as they played a one-time-only free concert for U.S. Troops. Head over to RevolverMag.com (on the home page) to watch as the guys take part in high-tech training exercises, hang with U.S. servicemen and women, and sound-check for their historic concert. Further installments will be coming soon.
British metallers Sikth have posted the following message:
"It deeply saddens the four of us to announce that we are closing the book on SIKTH... it's time to split up. A combination of factors have driven us to make this decision.
"We want to assure you that if it were viable for us to carry on - we would
"We are so proud of all that we have achieved as Sikth and we have agreed to work together again in the future.
"We are currently involved in new projects so keep checking our personal pages for announcements.
"And finally, we owe such huge and sincere thanks to all of you for listening to our music and enabling us to live our dream. We know we have left you in the dark lately and we are sorry for that.
"Your loyalty will never be forgotten.
Dan, James, Dan, Pin."
VADER frontman Peter Wiwczarek has posted this latest road report on the band's official website:
"The next two weeks of the tour we have spent in South of Europe: Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. For a first time we played so many shows on Iberian Peninsula in only one week. On nine concerts there were watching us almost 2,000 fans. We were lucky with the weather as well, so the Sun didn't burnt our skins like it happens in this part of continent. We started in the Land of Basque in city of Durango. Thou' it was probably the smallest concert on tour, the Maniaks welcomed us great - as always in this area. More...
Gloucestershire, England based thrashers Unknown Fear are preparing to record their first CD under the bands new lineup. Frontman Ben Gryspeerdt has posted the following message on the bands Myspace:
"Plans are to record a 10 track album.This will feature the five tracks that were written for the first demo eg the songs on the music player on the main page. Not onl this but it will also include five new slabs of thrash/nwobhm full of energy and integrety. We will also be sending 4 of the new tracks out to record complanies and promoters and se if we have any joy from them.
"The new songs will see us take a new approach to songs as some of outr fans have experienced already at the gigs. Newer members have also helped to bring out different influences in the old members as well as bringing a diffrent edge to the music from the new blood. Having lost our main composer we have also gained a replacement writer and this means severe changes in style.
Metal gods Judas Priest will be heading down under this September to tour in support of their forthcoming album "Nostradamus". Also joining them on the tour will be Cavalera Conspiracy and Australian metallers Daysend.
The tour dates are as follows:
10 - Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, Australia
12 - Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia
13 - Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia
14 - Entertainment Centre - Adelaide, Australia
16 - Burswood Dome, Perth, Australia
Initial dates have been revealed for Have Heart's summer tour with Verse. Here are the latest tour dates:
6/20 Providence, RI @ The Living Room
6/21 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Community
6/22 Traverse City, MI @ TBA
6/23 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
6/24 Kansas City, KS @ High Point Club
6/25 Denver, CO @ The Underground
6/26 New Mexico @ TBA
6/27 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
6/28 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
6/29 San Francisco, CA @ Balazo Gallery
6/30 Reno, NV @ TBA
7/2 Portland, OR @ TBA
7/3 Olympia, WA @ TBA
7/4 Vancouver, BC @ TBA
7/5 Seattle, WA @ TBA
7/6 Boise, ID @ House Show
7/7 Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
7/8 Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
7/9 Phoenix, AZ @ Modified Arts
7/10 Dallas, TX @ TBA
7/11 San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom Bar
7/12 Meterie, LA @ Higher Ground
7/13 Clearwater, FL @ 688 Skatepark
7/14 Atlanta, GA @ TBA
7/15 Nashville, TN @ The Anchor
7/16 Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship Vinyl
7/17 Livingston, NJ @ Good Timez
7/18 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
7/19 Deer Park, NY @ VFW Hall
7/20 Worcester, MA @ TBA
Bullet For My Valentine will kick off their 2008 headlining tour on Tuesday, July 14 at the Rave in Milwaukee, WI. The dates are in support of the band's latest album "Scream Aim Fire," which debuted at #4 in the U.S. and simultaneously in the Top 5 in the UK, Australia, Germany and Japan.
Sponsored by the No Fear clothing company, the first leg of Bullet For My Valentine's North American tour will run to mid-August (dates below); the second leg will run throughout September, with dates to be announced shortly. Joining Bullet For My Valentine for the tour will be Bleeding Through and on select dates, Cancer Bats and Black Tide. A "fan club presale" begins tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28 (check here for more info), while tickets go on sale to the general public the following weekend.
The complete itinerary for Leg One of Bullet For My Valentine's North American headlining tour is as follows: More...
In the final part of Contraband Candy's Inferno Festival Special, they tap into the darker side of things. Legendary Mayhem front man Maniac, guitarist Kvarforth and bass player Spacebrain talk about hot new blackened doom/punk project Skitliv (meaning literally "Shit life").
There's grim talk of illness and manipulation from the ever-controversial Kvarforth and his main band Shining, and to round off this Unholy Trinity, Spacebrain talks about his future-trash sculptures and the soon-to-be-legendary "Spacebunker".
In related news, Contraband Candy will be going to the Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland, once again bringing you all the madness, the drunkenness, the filth and the fury this metal fest has to offer. More...