Metal News for May 28, 2008
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19 news articles posted on this day.
Ascension of the Watchers, the project featuring Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell, keyboardist John Bechdel (False Icons, Fear Factory, Ministry, Murder Inc.), and guitarist Edu Mussi (Still Life Decay) has posted the video for their song “On The River” online. The song comes from the band’s first full-length record, "Numinosum," released in late February 2008 via Ministry main man Al Jourgensen’s 13th Planet Records. You can watch the video below. More...
Less than six months after joining Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes, drummer Nick Barker (ex-Testament, Cradle of Filth, etc.) has left the group. Here's the official word:
"Atrocity and Leaves Eyes are sorry to inform you that Nick Barker cannot continue to play with the bands due to a drastic change in his private life. The bands wish Nick all the best in his future life and we hope that he will feel better very soon! Drummer Peter Hornung stepped into the breach for Nick at short notice for the shows at the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium and Rockmania Festival, so that the band was able to play the shows."
Ra has booked the following U.S. tour dates for this summer:
July 26th in Green Bay, WI @ Club Toxic
July 27th in Madison, WI @ WJJO Band Camp
July 30th in Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
August 2nd in Manchester, NH @ Milly’s Tavern
August 3rd in North Hampton, MA @ Pearl Street
August 6th in Huntington, WV @ Monkey Bark
August 8th in Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s
August 9th in Fayetteville, NC @ Jester’s Pub
The band's new album, "Black Sun," is due out later this year.
Pathologically Explicit Recordings in cooperation with Soulflesh Collector and Grindethic Records will release a three-way split CD in June. The split CD will contain tracks from Katalepsy, Fleshrot and Blunt Force Trauma.
Prior to hitting the road with Impaled and Phobia in late-August, Maruta will tour for two weeks in the East and Midwest. Here are the latest tour dates:
8/3 Jacksonville, FL @ TBA
8/4 Charleston/Summerville, SC @ TBA
8/5 North Carolina @ TBA w/ Man Will Destroy Himself
8/6 Fredericksburg, VA @ TBA
8/7 Baltimore, MD @ TBA
8/8 Providence, RI @ Club Hell & Jerky's
8/11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Games N w/ Mennoraghia
8/12 Lincoln Park, MI @ Floyd's
8/13 Hobart, IN @ TBA w/ Decrypt
8/14 Indianapolis, IN @ Casa De Kotex w/ Harakiri
8/15 Highland, IL @ American Legion Hall
8/16 Joplin, MO @ Cesspool Castle
8/17 Oklahoma City, OK @ TBA
8/18 Fort Worth, TX @ TBA
8/20 Tuscon, AZ @ TBA
Municipal Waste has finished filming of their new music video for the song, "Sadistic Magician". The song comes off of Municipal Waste's "The Art of Partying" which was released through Earache Records in 2007. The video was shot at the Hyperion Sewage Treatment Plant in Playa del Ray, CA and was directed by Jeff Speed of 1134 Films and produced by Carolyn Vye of The Vault LA . Though filming has been completed, the video has not been posted on the band's nor Earache Record's websites.
Deathwish/Malfunction Records has released a free collection of new and unreleased songs from some of their most anticipated releases of the year. Bands include: Killing The Dream, Blacklisted, Cold World, Reign Supreme, Narrows, Trap Them, Bitter End, The Carrier, Life Long Tragedy, Meltdown, Shipwreck a.d., and Pulling Teeth. The download also includes a coupon code good for 10% off your next Deathwish Estore purchase on the back cover artwork, valid through the month of June. Just enter this code during checkout to receive your discount.
Post-rock/metal band Adai is readying their debut EP, "...I Carry" and has posted a free MP3 from the release. Adai is a textbook example of how to do it right in today's tumultuous music biz. The two friends that comprise the band are hard-working, diligent, focused and, above all, they play a compelling, passionate blend of post-rock and metal.
"[The band] originally was actually a four piece; two guitars, a bass, and a drummer. [O]ne of our guitarists and our bassist decided to leave," drummer Justin Trujillo explains. "At the time we had some of our biggest shows lined up and [guitarist/vocalist Devin Mendoza and I] decided not to cancel them and instead see if we could make the two piece thing work. [W]e got a tremendous amount of positive feedback and decided to just stick with it."
That relentless attitude is this Denver duo's M.O. For their debut EP, "...I Carry,: surely they could have found a suitable studio in their native Colorado. But no, Trujillo and Mendoza weren't going to settle for anything less than perfect, so they drove their van all the way to Massachusetts to record with one of metal's most in-demand producers, Kurt Ballou (Converge, Cave In, Genghis Tron).
Since recording and self-releasing "...I Carry" in 2006-7, Adai has been hitting the road hard, touring with future labelmates Caspian, Junius, and Constants, among others. During that time, the band developed a relationship with Radar Recordings, who will be re-releasing "...I Carry" later this year. "We love everyone involved with [Radar] and they're easily some of the hardest working people we've met in this industry," Trujillo says.
One gets the sense that Trujillo and Mendoza are perfectionists. From working with Kurt Ballou, to tracking down Seldon Hunt (Isis) to design the sleeve for "...I Carry," to choosing to continue as a duo-- on their own terms-- when bands with lesser mettle would have thrown in the towel prematurely; Trujillo and Mendoza clearly love what they do.
"Music for us is an emotional expression and it takes a lot for us to be satisfied with what we're doing," Trujillo explains. "That in itself has been the biggest struggle over the years we've been doing this but we couldn't be happier with the results we've got so far."
A release date has not been set for "...I Carry," but a late summer/early fall release is expected. "Hawkins," the EP's epic closing track, is available for free download, sharing, and posting.
Canada's technical death metal warlords Neuraxis have unleashed the track "Darkness Prevails" on the band's MySpace page. The song is from their forthcoming Prosthetic Records debut, "The Thin Line Between," which is due July 22nd. The album was recorded by Jeff Fortin (Anonymus) and the band in February and March of this year and features guest vocals from Luc Lemay (Gorguts). Art comes from Dennis Sibejin (Chimaira, Job For A Cowboy). Look for a major tour announcement shortly.
Here are the latest Neuraxis tour dates with Fuck the Facts and Gross Misconduct:
6/05 Thunder Bay, ONT – Kilroys (no Gross Misconduct)
6/06 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo (no Gross Misconduct)
6/07 Prince Albert, MB – Exhibition Center (no Gross Misconduct)
6/08 Calgary, AB – Underground
6/09 Kamloops, BC – Chilli’s Bar
6/10 Abbotsford, BC – Mccallum Center
6/11 Victoria, BC – Logans
6/12 Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
6/13 Prince George, BC – Columbus Community Centre
6/14 Edmonton, AB – Meadhall
6/15 Regina, SK – The Exchange
6/16 Saskatoon, SK – Walker’s
Rock Against Diabetes, the first of it’s kind in delivering a HD interactive worldwide internet broadcast of a charity concert festival has announced RICHIE KOTZEN (ex-Poison, Mr. Big) has been added to the roster, as well as launching a competition to find a band to take the opening slot at the August 23rd, 2008 worldwide broadcast, and perform with greats such as KARENVAL (featuring Dario Lorina), MAGNETICO (featuring Rafael Moreira – Paul Stanley, Rock The Cradle), and BUMBLEFOOT (Ron Thal, Guns N Roses) at the Rock Against Diabetes 2008 pre-show kickoff party August 22nd at Club ROX in Las Vegas. New Blade Guitars endorsee Steve Brand (Rock Against Diabetes Music Director) will also be taking part in the pre-show party gun-slinging for Thal. Tickets on sale soon for the Club ROX pre-show event.
Touted as “one of the best guitar players in the world, a voice on par with some of the greatest rock/soul singers and creative songwriting, Richie Kotzen has had an incredible journey in the world of music. In 2006 as a solo artist, Kotzen was the opening act for the legendary Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour in Japan.
You can now fully support this event, and become part of concert history by attending this one of a kind, fully interactive LIVE concert broadcast FREE. You get 8 hours of LIVE music, online only auctions, interactivity with host Evel Dick Donato, the bands and a ton of other surprise guests, for FREE and the opportunity to donate any amount, if any, that you wish. And you can invite your friends FREE when you grab your ticket. Tickets are currently available here.
As previously reported, Rock Against Diabetes has decided to find the opening act where else, but on the music Social Networks of the internet. Myspace, Facebook, Garageband, PureVolume and the multitude of other musical communities will be invited to submit their music, and videos to Rock Against Diabetes to be judged, and pared down to a Top 10, that will be judged by a panel of musicians, promoters, television personalities and industry giants.
The winner of the competition, that will begin May 20th, 2008 and conclude with a winner on July 26th. See www.myspace.com/rockagainstdiabetes and www.rockagainstdiabetes.org for further information. All questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jordanian female-fronted power metal band SYMPHOVANIA have announced the release of the new single "Flying High" from the album "A Knight Ride To Silencia." This original track was played in all concerts by SYMPHOVANIA and now has been released in studio quality.
SYMPHOVANIA is currently working on the album, which is expected to be released some time this year.
Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius) and his new band Revolution Renaissance have parted with Frontiers Records. Here's the update from Tolkki himself:
"Yesterday I finally got confirmation that we are able to do this. They simply were not the right label for us. That became clear in the last few months. I would describe the experience with Frontiers Records with the word: 'interesting.'
"I am currently negotiating with several interesting labels, but I haven't made any decision yet. There is a lot of interest and that feels good.
"We were offered an extensive 20 date Latin American tour for this December.
"I am also already (well it's been over 2 years since I wrote "New Era" songs) writing new songs and can't wait to go to studio and on the road with these energetic and positive guys I was blessed to find. We will keep you posted regularily about what is happening on our camp.
"Many thanks from all the support you have shown in the las weeks. We will not forget that. You can listen/download full version of the song 'Revolution Renaissance' with lyrics from the player."
Ohio metallers, Inhale Exhale, have posted a new song, entitled "The Impatient Will Suffer," up on their MySpace page. The song comes off of their upcoming album, "I Swear..."
The tracklisting for "I Swear..." is as follows:
1. I Needed A Space Ship (Instead I Got Problems)
2. It's Myself Vs. Being A Man
3. The Impatient Will Suffer
4. Is The Fact That I'm Trying To Do It, Doing It For You?
5. I Live The Bad life (You Make It Worse)
6. No One Is Invincible
7. The Words That We Have Chosen
8. Drink Till We Drop
9. I'll Die With No Friends And A Grin On My Face
11. Knowledge = Priceless
Ron Thal, also known as Bumblefoot, is an artist in the true sense of the word. It is not about fame or ego for Ron, it's about the music. He brings a unique and refreshing twist to every thing he does. His wild sense of humor, telling it like it is attitude, and his generous heart make him one of the more endearing artists of our time and the Rock Against Diabetes team is thrilled to have Ron on board. More...
Jordanian melodic death metal band DEMENTIS has uploaded new album teaser on their official MySpace page. The album is expected to be released soon - stay tuned for more details.
As previously reported, Danzig will team up with Dimmu Borgir, Skeletonwitch, Winds Of Plague and Moonspell for the "Blackest of the Black" tour.
Glenn Danzig comments: "It will be nice to get back to many of these cities that I have not been to in some time and do the Live Show for all the People who've followed my music all these years. I'm also very happy to have DIMMU BORGIR sharing the stage this time, as they are one of my favorite bands and always wanted them on Blackest Of The Black. Should be an INCREDIBLE 20th anniversary tour."
Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser has posted the following update via Myspace:
"We are working now for two weeks, recording our new album. I'm almost finished laying down the rhythm guitar tracks, using mostly my Fender Stratocaster Nation and my Jackson RR. The sounds are dirtier and heavier, both for the guitars and drums. I believe this will be our best work in many, many years. The book is very inspiring and the songs are flowing naturally. Soon we will record the orchestra on the version me, the director Alexey Kurkdjian and Jean did for the Ninth Symphony from Beethoven, I think our greatest challenge so far."
As previously reported, the bands new album will be based on the cult classic book/ film "A Clockwork Orange" and is expecting an October release date.
Oakland, California heroes Laaz Rockit have posted two new songs online entitled "Brain Wash" and "Liar" at their official Myspace.
The band are expected to release a new studio album this year.
Pro-Pain have updated their European festival tour schedule. The dates are now as follows:
28 - Zagreb, Croatia - KSET
29 - Nis, Serbia - Adria Rock Festival
30 - Alexandroupolis, Greece - Balkan Club
31 - Larisa, Greece - Larisa - On Stage Club
1 - Athens, Greece - An Club
2 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Xyloyrgeio Club
3 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Black Box
4 - Bucharest, Romania - Fabrica
5 - Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia - Culture House
6 - Trebic, Czech Republic - Zamosti Festival
7 - Krakow, Poland - Lochness
8 - Knokke Heist, Belgium - Sunrock Festival **
9 - Evpatoria Crimea, Ukraine - Metal Heads Mission Festival **
15 - Dinkelsbuehl, Germany -Summer Breeze Festival
16 - Komen, Slovenia - Metal Mania Festival **
17 - Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival **
22 - Usedom, Germany -Headbangers Weekend Open Air
23 - Hameln, Germany - Jochenrolfest
24 - Essen, Germany - Essen Original Open Air
29 - Losheim, Germany - Rock Area Festival
30 - Rijssen, Holland - Elzrock Festival
12 - Graeffenainchen, Germany - OFT Ferropolis Festival
** new dates