Metal News for May 30, 2006
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18 news articles posted on this day.
Following their extremely successful world tour, German Power metallers Helloween have announced the impending release of a double DVD, filmed during live shows in Sofia, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. In Sao Paulo alone, Helloween played in front of over 6000 enthusiastic fans. Alongside the live footage, the double DVD will include lots of exciting bonus material - release date to be announced by SPV in the coming weeks.
Furthermore, Helloween will present an excellent best-of set at the upcoming summer festivals, featuring all their important hits, including the odd cult number, performed for the first time by the current line-up - definitely something to look forward to!!
Here are the current summer festival dates in Europe:
MTV.com reports: It turns out KORN haven't decided to axe guitarist Rob Patterson after all. Patterson, who had previously played with OTEP, was recruited last year to fill in for Brian "Head" Welch as KORN's touring guitarist. But last week, during the European leg of the band's "See You on the Other Side" tour, fans noticed Patterson — who plays offstage during KORN shows — had been replaced by FEAR FACTORY guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers. According to the band's management, that lineup was only temporary. "KORN played three shows with their longtime friend Christian to start the tour in Europe, but Patterson is now back at that position."
Hot on the heels of their highly successful curtain-raising for OPETH and H.I.M., THE ETERNAL are hitting Australian roads in support of "Sleep of Reason", their second album for Finnish label Firebox Records. Melbourne's dark and melodic metal masters will kick off their tour in Canberra on Friday, June 23, with dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to follow. THE ETERNAL are also working on a Brisbane and some extra all-ages shows. "Sleep of Reason" is out now in Australia through Modern Invasion Music.
Upcoming THE ETERNAL shows:
Jun. 23 - The Green Room - Canberra, AUS
Jun. 24 - The Empire Hotel - Sydney, AUS
Jul. 01 - Green Room - Melbourne, AUS
Jul. 08 - Enigma Bar - Adelaide, AUS
There is a new live performance of Devildriver available online for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The video is for the track “Nothing’s Wrong” from Devildriver’s debut self titled album. The footage was taken at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester NY earlier this year when the band was on tour with In Flames, Trivium and Zao.
According to Dagbladet.no, SATYRICON frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven has been ordered to pay 97,000 Norwegian kroner (approximately $16,000) in legal fees after his lawsuit against the VG newspaper was thrown out of court.
Wongraven filed a lawsuit against VG after the newspaper published a story suggesting that members of SATYRICON were charged with rape. The VG article was accompanied by a close-up photo of Wongraven, with a disclaimer that Wongraven had nothing to do with the incident. More...
Next week All Shall Perish shall embark upon a mini-tour consisting of five Western shows. Here are the tour dates:
6/1 Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
6/2 Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey
6/3 Mexicali, MEX @ La Estacion Cantina
6/5 Ceres, CA @ The Workshop
6/6 Reno, NV @ The 14th Ward
Danish modern metallers MNEMIC have tapped SCARVE singer Guillaume Bideau as the replacement for Tony Jelencovich (ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE, B-THONG). As a result, Bideau has left SCARVE in the middle of the recording sessions for the band's follow-up to 2004's "Irradiant", which was previously expected this fall via Listenable Records.
Bideau joined SCARVE in November 1998 and performed on all three of the band's albums: "Transluscence" (2000), "Luminiferous" (2002) and "Irradiant" (2004). A replacement for Bideau has yet to be announced. You can download a full-length MP3 of the song "Mirthless Perspectives", taken from "Irradiant" here.
As previously reported, MNEMIC 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."
SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner will be Drum! magazine’s July 2006 cover feature, which hits stands on June 12. The seven-page cover feature contains a sidebar with DREAM THEATER's Mike Portnoy's thoughts on Bittner, a "Locking The Low End" sidebar with SHADOWS FALL bassist Paul Romanko and transcriptions of the tracks "In Effigy" and "Seize The Calm".
Bittner recently scored major accolades in Modern Drummer's 2006 Readers' Poll, as he was named the No. 1 drummer in the "Metal" category for the second year in a row, beating out such acclaimed peers as Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT) Morgan Rose (SEVENDUST) and Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD). The Readers' Poll results also appear in the July 2006 issue of the magazine, which will hit the stands in early June.
Bittner recently joined up with ex-MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson for two highly successful clinics that took place in the Massachusetts area.
SHADOWS FALL's new CD, "Fallout from the War", is scheduled for release on June 13 via Century Media Records. The record's sessions were again produced and mixed by longtime friend Zeuss (HATEBREED, GOD FORBID), at Planet Z Studios in the band's home state of Massachusetts. "Fallout from the War" is a must-have for the band's dedicated following as each of the album's eleven tracks is either a brand-new, original SHADOWS FALL track, an exclusive, brand-new cover song, or a newly re-recorded version of rare material from over the years.
"Fallout from the War" follows the group's most acclaimed disc to date, "The War Within", which originally debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. It has since gone on to sell over 250,000 units in the U.S. alone, and features the Active Rock hit and Grammy-nominated track "What Drives The Weak".
Thumbscrew and Abacabb will be touring together in June. Here are the tour dates:
6/2 Austin, TX @ Redrum
6/3 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
6/4 Metairie, LA @ The Highground
6/5 Monroe, LA @ Fleur De Live
6/6 Pensecola, FL @ Sluggos
6/7 Orlando, FL @ Wills Pub
6/8 Vero Beach, FL @ Univeralist Unitarian Church
6/9 Melbourne, FL @ Jaycees
6/10 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
6/11 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7g
6/12 Atlanta, GA @ Swayze's
6/13 Spartansburg, SC @ Ground Zero
6/14 Lumberton, NC @ Bill Sapp Rec Center
6/15 Virginia Beach, VA @ The Peppermint Beach Club
6/16 Luray, VA @ Luray VFW Post 621
6/18 Annapolis, MD @ Knights Of Columbus
6/19 Altoona, PA @ The Lions Den
6/20 Montclair, NJ @ House Show
6/21 Newport, RI @ The Barn
6/22 Burlington, VT @ Goodfellows VFW
6/23 Long Island, NY @ Village Pub South
Robotic Empire will release the recently unearthed recording from Windmills By The Ocean. Featuring members of Isis, Red Sparowes, Anodyne, and 27, the album consists of "intense (mostly) instrumental stuff" and was recorded in 2003. The effort will see the light of day on August 8th in both CD and LP format.
HELMET will return July 18 with MONOCHROME, marking their first release on Warcon Records. This summer, the band--founding vocalist/guitarist PAGE HAMILTON, guitarist CHRIS TRAYNOR and new members, drummer MIKE JOST and bassist JEREMY CHATELAIN--will play to thousands of music lovers across North America as a main stage-headlining act on the Vans Warped Tour from June 15 through August 13. The album's first single "Gone" will arrive at radio in late June.
For MONOCHROME, PAGE enlisted Strap It On and Meantime collaborator Wharton Tiers to co-produce and return to the organic sound the band is known for. Tiers recorded the band's first two releases Strap It On and Meantime, the latter of which sold over a million copies and defined the brusque element of American's underground rock scene. The HELMET sound sparked a new brand of metal, crossing all traditional music boundaries, paving the way for bands like Chevelle, Deftones, Killswitch Engage, Norma Jean and Silverchair, among many others. The New York Times called HELMET "a band that made important connections between indie-rock and metal…" (September 12, 2004).
"Wharton was my only choice to co-produce this project with me," notes HAMILTON. "Apart from the sounds he can get in his studio, he was also a major influence in terms of helping me shape my guitar playing."
HELMET's catalog also includes Betty (1994) and Aftertaste (1996), after which they broke up in 1998. In 2004, HAMILTON rejoined with TRAYNOR and two other established players to release and tour in support of the critically acclaimed Size Matters. Jim Farber at New York Daily News praised the album, noting: "Helmet's smart rock has returned at just the right time."
The complete track list for HELMET's MONOCHROME is: "Swallowing Everything," "Brand New," "Bury Me," "Monochrome," "On Your Way Down," "Money Shot," "Gone," "Almost Out Of Sight," "Howl," "410" and "Goodbye."
Here is Helmet's current touring schedule: More...
Prosthetic Records has announced the addition of Montreal, Canada's BENEATH THE MASSACRE to the label’s roster. Combining a heavy-handed technical death metal prowess, skillful guitar shredding, and a devastating and grinding guttural vocal delivery, BENEATH THE MASSACRE will release its Prosthetic debut in the fall of 2006. "We're excited and can't wait to start working with people at Prosthetic Records,” the band says. “The new partnership and the release of a new album means a lot to us."
The forthcoming record will be the band’s full-length debut and the follow-up to 2005’s five-track debut EP, Evidence of Inequity, an album that has received high-praise from metal press and extreme metal fans alike. Tracking for the band’s new album has already begun with producer Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance) at Yan's Room Studio, and is set to contain 10 tracks. Mixing will be handled by Pierre Rémillard (Cryptosy) at Wild Studio and mastering will be completed by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Unearth).
Here are the BENEATH THE MASSACRE tour dates: More...
NEVERMORE guitarist Steve Smyth (ex-TESTAMENT) has issued the following statement:
"It is with deep regret that I will not be able to perform at any of European festivals over the next week with NEVERMORE, as I am now in hospital being treated with dialysis. The total kidney failure that I thought was a few months away has already happened. I am extremely disappointed with this situation, but there is nothing I can do. I wish the guys in NEVERMORE all the best and hope that as many of you fans as possible give them your support in Europe."
As previously reported, Smyth was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure last fall, the result of a congenital birth defect. Says Smyth. "JAG PANZER guitarist Chris Broderick will fill in for Smyth on the upcoming dates as he has done on the recent U.S. tour.
Hopesfall have parted ways with drummer Adam Baker. Reasons behind the split have yet to be disclosed, but the band has replaced Baker with drummer Jason Trabue.
Final Fight have cancelled the majority of their summer tour. According to the band, "We are VERY sorry to announce that we are forced to cancel the majority of our summer tour for reasons out of our control. We may have a more official statement posted within the next few days. Touring and playing shows and meeting people are why we are a band, but there are some things in life that are more important. We will most likely be playing most of the California dates with ruiner." Most of the summer tour included plans to tour the country with Set It Straight, from July 8th through August 4th. Instead, Set It Straight will carry on without Final Fight.
Unearth will be filming a video this week for the track "Giles," which will appear on their upcoming album. The video will be shot on June 5th with director Darren Doane (Darkest Hour, Every Time I Die).
Death By Stereo have announced a run of European dates for August. Here's the schedule:
04/08 Belgium Hageland Festival
05/08 Germany Suck n Summer Festival
06/08 Holland Amsterdam Melkweg
07/08 Germany Essen Zeche Carl
08/08 Germany Saarbrücken Garage
10/08 Hungary Sziget Fest Metal Hammer Tent
11/08 Italy Rimini Beach TBA
12/08 Spain Sant Feliu Festival
13/08 elgium Sortie 23 Festival
A live video of METALLICA members James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo performing the track "Battery" with SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo at the Download festival in England on June 6, 2004 has been posted online at YouTube.com. More footage — including interview clips with some of the other bands performing at the Download 2004 festival (such as DAMAGEPLAN, HATEBREED and ILL NINO) — can be found here.
METALLICA's regular drummer, Lars Ulrich, was taken to hospital with an undisclosed illness just hours before METALLICA were due to headline the festival. Rather than pull the show and risk a revolt from fans, METALLICA called upon SLAYER and SLIPKNOT drummers, Lombardo and Joey Jordison (respectively), alongside Ulrich's long-standing drum tech Flemming Larsen, to rescue the gig. Jordison played in his SLIPKNOT mask. You can watch a clip of Joey Jordison performing "Enter Sandman" with METALLICA at this location. Video of Jordison's rendition of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" with METALLICA can be viewed here.