Metal News for May 4, 2008
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28 news articles posted on this day.
Billboard.com reports: A cast of rock heavyweights crammed the Roxy stage in Hollywood Thursday night (May 1) for a jam session that found the likes of Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses) on stage with the likes of Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols and Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell.
All came together for the first of five Thursday-night gigs in May featuring Navarro and Sorum's occasional side project, Camp Freddy, which also features guitarist/vocalist Billy Morrison, bassist Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction, Alanis Morissette) and singers McGrath and Donovan Leitch, son of folk singer Donovan.
The Roxy is known for holding occasional jam sessions with top-shelf names, and this collective opened its Roxy stand by wowing the crowd with covers of songs by Thin Lizzy ("Jailbreak"), Oasis ("Rock and Roll Star"), Killing Joke ("Eighties"), Blur ("Song 2") and David Bowie ("Suffragette City").
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
West Virginia's seminal pagan/black metal band HARVIST has recently released its long-overdue third CD, "Wolfskin Clad", through Stronghold Records. Recorded in 2006, the first 300 copies of "Wolfskin Clad" include a free 11x17 poster for Stronghold Records web site purchases only. According to a press release, "This is the most scathing and venomous release for HARVIST to date."
Rhode Island hardcore band Soul Control has announced the recent departure of vocalist Matt Amore. He has subsequently been replaced by Rory VanGrol of Achilles. Here's a statement from the band:
"On April 2nd Matt Amore informed us he was quitting Soul Control. His reasons are personal and we will not go into detail here, that is up to him explain publicly if he so desires. There were a lot of mixed emotions to say the least and we've all handled it differently as individuals. The one thing we will express on Matt's behalf is that it was his wish that Soul Control continued. After about two weeks of serious thought, serious talk and serious emotion, the three remaining members agreed that we did want to continue. While it is Matt's time to depart, it is not Soul Control's time to stop. With an entire new album written musically and 3 tours booked for this summer, we are not ready to just "throw it all away." So we're not going to. As a band and as friends we wish Matt the best in life and we know he wishes the same for us. We know this because we are friends and will remain so.
"That all being said, after an emotional month, we are a complete band again. Rory VanGrol is now an official member of Soul Control. Some of you may know Rory from his work with the bands How We Are and Achilles. After hanging with him and practicing with him, the choice was a swift one. Things are already moving quickly and you'll be hearing things soon."
In related news, Soul Control and Lie and Wait will be touring together in June. Here are the tour dates:
6/12 San Antonio, TX @ The Crossing
6/13 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Compound
6/14 Houston, TX @ The Junction
6/15 Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club
6/16 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
6/17 Atlanta, GA @ TBA
6/18 York, PA @ Fat Paul's Basement
6/19 Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
6/20 Providence, RI @ The Living Room w/ Verse, Have Heart, Tides
The release date of the fourth Legacy Of Hate album has been set for June 6, 2008. Almost five years after the latest release "Seeds Of A Future Bizarre," the new album entitled "Unmitigated Evil" will hit the stores via Maintain Records, under distribution by Twilight.
The 8 tracks (with a running time of more than 40 minutes) will include a mixture of their musical roots and also the progress during the last five years. To give you a taste of the upcoming album, you can get a free MP3 download at the MySpace profile of the label, at last.fm and the media page on Maintain Records website.
Here is the complete tracklisting for Legacy of Hate's "Unmitigated Evil":
1. Wake Up
2. When Chains Are Breaking
3. A Moment Of Secrets
4. Behind The Mind Animosity
5. Memories We Made
6. Blindfold Aggression
7. Dispatch The Solution For Hope
8. Last Days Of Night
As previously reported, the Austrian death metallers replaced their vocalist (Richie) earlier this year with Leo from the band ESTATE.
Scottish Pirate Metal Heroes ALESTORM and Swedish gothic doom institution DRACONIAN have just released exclusive download singles. These are previously unreleased tracks, that will never be available on CD.
Look out for ALESTORM'S "Heavy Metal Pirates" and DRACONIAN's "No Greater Sorrow" on itunes, Napster, eMusic, etc.
The bands' latest full-length releases are "Captain Morgan's Revenge" from ALESTORM and the epic "Turning Season Within" from Draconian.
Forgotten Empire Records has announced a new imprint called A Clearer Sky Recordings. Forgotten Empire Records started out almost two years ago with some very talented bands that were more ambient and over time Forgotten Empire has leaned towards more heavier experimental music. A Clearer Sky will focus on the ambient, experimental bands. The distribution and press will get the same attention Forgotten Empire gets with a much slower paced release schedule. The label is searching for some new bands, so get in touch via if you would like to submit a demo. You can get in touch via the label's MySpace page.
UK extreme metal outfit ARTISIAN has signed with Sworn Records. ARTISIAN is currently writing material for their fourth and as-yet-untitled album. Having previously been signed to Copro, Grindethic and Infernus Rex, ARTISIAN has been very busy over the past couple of years successfully establishing an ever growing fan-base in both the UK and mainland Europe.
Rising Records has announced the signing of Glasgow-based extreme metallers Bleed From Within. The band is currently writing for their debut album, to be recorded in November 2008.
To celebrate the release of Finland's Helion's new album, "Bad Dreams and Broken Shadows," they have decided to post the first song off of it entitled "Dreamcatcher," online for download. You can download it from Mikseri.net or at the media-section of their official web site.
The track listing for "Bad Dreams and Broken Shadows" is as follows:
2. Liquid Veil
3. Blood of Phoenix
4. Tell No Tales
5. Broken Mirror
PAINT IT BLACK has revealed their upcoming schedule of dates around the country. More tour dates are expected to come as well, but here are the latest:
4/11 - 4/13 with Cold World
4/25 - 4/27 with Cloak/Dagger
5/9 - 5/11, 5/30 - 6/1 with Blacklisted
5/19-5/21 with Leatherface More...
With his own reality show, a four week run in Donald Trump's reality show, KISS bass player Gene Simmons will now make an appearance in the second season of "Ugly Betty."
Earlier this year, Simmons was featured on an episode of the hit comedy. Last week, he returned to the "Ugly Betty" studio to film an upcoming episode called "Who's Your Daddy."
Simmons will play himself in the show. It is expected to be about Gene being the long-lost father of one of the characters in the show.
Simmons had a very short innings in Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice". He survived week two despite his sexist insult of Donald's daughter Ivanka, but had his head chopped off in episode four. He is also into season three of his own reality show "Family Jewels." The New York Post called it "The Osbournes without the talented father". Sharon Osbourne wasn't so polite. She threatened to "fucking tear his head off and stick it up his wife's c**t!"
Incantation, Funerus, and Deamon have lined up a hand full of Canadian tour dates. Here are the latest:
06/27 Toronto @ The Kathedral
06/28 Cambridge @ 69 Pickups
06/29 Sudbury @ Jubilee Center
06/30 Montreal @ Foufounes Electriques
07/01 Trois Rivières @ Bar Café Le Stage
07/02 Québec @ Velvet
07/03 St-Hyacinthe @ Bar le Trash
07/04 Ottawa @ Cafe Dekcuf
07/05 Hamilton @ The Casbah
German metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued the following update:
"Well, we're finally back home from the 10 Years Of Metal Tour, exhausted and very satisfied. After two days of practising with the new line up, we played nine shows in a row! The tour was a wonderful experience and a worthy operation. Let's listen to the words of drummer Randy Black: the best tour, the best line-up and the best fans so far – nothing more to say!"
Randy Black: "Magnus Karlsson proved, that he's not only one of the best rock guitarists, he is a top team-player and a great entertainer. Henny and Magnus are the most exciting guitar team, we could present in the ten years of Primal Fear and it was a lot of fun for everybody. We're still overwhelmed by every crowd's fantastic response! Of course there were special highlights like Berlin was an unexpected cool start with a great crowd! Stefan and Klaus joined us on stage in Reichenbach! We met a lot of long time Metal Commando friends from Japan, France, Slovenia, Netherlands, UK and of course Germany, Bodo and the Bikeschmiede team! Bruchsal was a like sauna and the fans in Bochum rocked like hell. After years, we came back to the mighty Z7 in Pratteln and played a wonderful show together with our friends of JON OLIVA. The Biepop in Belgium was sold out, with an unbelievable crazy audience, that reminded us we're playing in Brazil! In most of the venues, we've played four encores and close to 120 minutes. Thanks to all our fans, friends and supporters for showing up and celebrating with us! On Saturday, we will start our festival season in the Czech Republic and so far we have a great bunch of 14 more shows lined up in wonderful places and festivals. See you there!"
Horse The Band are looking for a new drummer and have posted the following message regarding the situation:
HORSE the band are looking for a new drummer. Details from the band, as well as videos from their current ‘world tour, are below:
“Unfortunately Jon, our rental drummer from the Number 12 Looks Like You, needs to go back to perform duties for his real band, so as soon as we get back from the Earth we’ll be starting to audition new drummers.”
“Obviously you have to be a pretty special character to join this band. We’d prefer someone familiar with the HORSE the band lore, but also normal. You have to have touring experience in really horrible conditions (picking up skin diseases from sleeping on floors, being rejected by ugly chicks, not sleeping for 60 hours or more), not think you are cool, not be way into sitting on your laptop in the “green room”, and be a really good drummer. We want someone who can play all sorts of styles really well and prefer someone who keeps it simple sounding while musically compelling and interesting and energetic. ”
“We’re heading to South America and Africa in the fall and will do a full US/Canada tour in the summer. You’ll make more money than working your job at home. You have to know you wanna tour a lot and don’t mind being away from the USA for long periods of time.”
“If you’re interested send us an email with youtube links to you playing these 3 songs: Hyperborea, Cutsman, and Sex Raptor. That pretty much covers all the territory you need to know. email@example.com”
“If you wanna include bio stuff and pictures that’s fine too. Being black and a girl would be a huge plus. But not necessary.”
Louisiana based experimental project "Psychometry" has hired the services of Suffocation drummer Mike Smith to perform and record on their upcoming Album "The Four Points". Psychometry is an atmospheric, melodic metal band made up of professional musicians experienced in several different styles of music. The project ranges from symphonic, classical, electronic, as well as extreme underground metal. Psychometry blends a wide variety of the world's music and is formed as a collection of composers so as not to be placed into a specific genre of music.
When asked about the project, here's what Mike had to say: "The change in musical direction from the norm of Death metal is a welcome one. It gives me the opportunity to re-train myself to play with the goal of appealing to listeners of multiple genres".
Guns N Roses guitarist Ron Thal (aka Bumblefoot) has committed himself to this years Rock Against Diabetes event by orchestrating an All Star Band composed of top metal/rock artists of the last two decades.
"I want to help bring attention, awareness, and hopefully get some people thinking about what they can do to prevent diabetes, or how they can lend a hand to someone living with it" explains Thal. "I have been reaching out to musicians to form a group that hasn't ever played together before, something very special just for this one night. This is an important event, and it's a privilege to be able to participate."
Participants of the All Star Band, yet to be named, will be announced once they commit to the project. More information on the All Star Band, as well as current and any other lineup changes can be found at rockagainstdiabetes.org.
The band will perform live at www.deeprockdrive.com in Las Vegas. There are a very small amount of VIP tickets available only by auction. To bid on these limited edition VIP tickets, visit www.rockagainstdiabetes.org/auction. The rest of the world will be able to take in the event from the comfort of their homes, in HD as a fully interactive web broadcast. Tickets are available at on deeprockdrive.com and are only $9.99. Furthermore, each ticket purchaser has the option to invite 5 friends to view FREE.
Bay Area thrashers Heathen have been confirmed as the headline act for the Thrasho De Mayo festival, scheduled to be held at The Knitting Factory Hollywood in Los Angeles on May 24th. Also scheduled to perform are Fueled By Fire, Torture, Merciless Death, Hatchet, Witchaven, Amored Assassin and more.
German thrash legends Sodom have announced some more shows in Europe. Their tour schedule is now as follows:
30 - Zagreb, Croatia at Zagreb Metal Fest
21 - Clisson, France at Hellfest
3 - Belgrade, Serbia at Castle Fest
19 - Osterode, Germany at Rock Harz
25 - Elmshorn, Germany - Headbangers Open Air
26 - Obersinn, Germany - Eisenwahnfestival
29 - Losheim, Germany at Rock Area Festival
25 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Hellflame Festival
7 - Oslo, Norway - Screamfest
30 - Soest, Germany - Alter Schlachthof
This message has been posted on ELDRITCH's official website:
"Hi folks. The band is working on the editing and sound mixing of the DVD and double live CD. Soon they'll start writing new songs (something is already on the coal). What else??? It's getting pretty warm here in Italy and this marvellous sightseeing of the sea will surely give the guys some kind of 'Bay Area' inspiration for songwriting! Moreover PEK has been staying in Davis (60 miles from San Francisco and the Bay Area) up to the end of August and he is composing too!! Ok, further info will come in the next bulletins. Keep it up, Metal cheers."
THE CLEANSING guitarist Andreas Lynge has posted this message on the band's MySpace page:
"Just a short update regarding our forthcoming album: All the vocals are now finished except for some minor backing vocals which we plan to record next weekend. Unfortunately Jacob Hansen had to reschedule our mix session, so the album won't be mixed until the end of May. But hey, better late than never! (and it will still be worth the wait!)"
CIRCUS DIABLO frontman Billy Morrison has posted this message on his website:
"I will be editing up a quick V-Blog later today, but couldn't wait to tell you lot about the first week's show at The Roxy. Last night was, quite simply, 'one of those nights'!! The place was a sell-out, with people just wall-to-wall, ready for some killer Rock N' Roll. Drive A opened the evening and as I walked into the venue, I could see those kids jumping up and down and looking like total rock stars!! They sounded great and we were happy they came in the top five winners - awesome! Then we had Ace Harper and her DARLING STILETTOS dancing before we came on, and the whole place lit up like a Christmas tree when these girls walked onstage!! Punk Rock dancers, dressed in VERY little, and super hot routines...all done to ZEP/Idol/G 'N' R classics! What's not to like?!
So now it's our turn, and after a hugely stressful afternoon of guestlist / setup / soundcheck / logistics, I felt ready for a nap! But the moment we got up there, I woke up!! We have changed a bunch of songs up now, and have an arsenal of new tunes - we opened with CHEAP TRICK's 'Hello There' and then straight into BLUR's 'Song Two'. Mark McGrath (who is doing every show as our featured guest) came on and blew it all wide open with a killer version of Killing Jokes Eighties. And from there it just got surreal.....Poe singing LED ZEP's 'Good Times Bad Times', Nuno Bettencourt just NAILING OASIS' 'Rock And Roll Star', Warren De Martini (RATT) shredding 'Round And Round', Jerry Cantrell (not scheduled to play, but being part of the (CAMP) FREDDY Family, always welcome!) wandering out and killing it on 'Jailbreak', and of course, my personal highlight (not only of the show but maybe my entire career!) - doing the SEX PISTOLS EMI with Steve Jones AND Paul Cook!!
Lemmy (Kilmister - MOTÖRHEAD) came on to finish the night out and we did 'Ace Of Spades' (which is one of the most violent songs I have ever played!) and Eddie Cochran's 'Something Else', with Paul Cook and Matt Sorum on drums, THREE bass players (Lemmy, Chris Chaney and Corey Parks from NASHVILLE PUSSY!) and me, Navarro and Jonesy on guitars. 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' finished the night in true CAMP FREDDY FASHION fashion... with the DARLING STILETTOS joining us all onstage and every musician grabbing an instrument and jamming. We got four more of these crazy shows to do, and I strongly advise any fan of rock music not to miss any of them. Each week is different songs and different guests. Next weeks show is gonna BLOW YOUR MIND!!!
Baltimore's Misery Index will enter the studio on May 6th to record their second album which has been revealed to be named "Traitors." It's expected a September release through Relapse Records.
The band have also posted a song from the new album, called "Ruling Class Cancelled" at their official Myspace.
Chicago based rockers Disturbed have relaunched their website, www.disturbed1.com and with it comes the first video from the bands forthcoming fourth album "Indestructible", "Inside The Fire." Apparantly the song is based on events from frontman David Draiman's life. The video is available to watch on the front page of the bands website.
Cavalera Conspiracy have added some more shows in the U.S. which can be seen below. Also joining them will be Dillinger Escape Plan, Throwdown, Bury Your Dead and Incite.
July 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
July 18 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
July 19 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
July 20 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
July 21 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
July 23 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
July 25 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Island Wakefest
July 26 - Calgary, AB @ Monsters of Rock
August 3 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
San Diego rockers P.O.D. have announced the following tour dates:
May 24 - Anthony, TX @ Wet ‘N Wild Waterworld
May 25 - Loves Park, IL @ Rockford Speedway
June 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Calligan Center
June 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ L.A. Convention Center
July 2 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Westfair Amphitheater
July 27 - Altamont, NY @ Altamont Fairgrounds
Former Trouble frontman Eric Wagner has checked in with the following:
"It is with my deepest regret that by mutual agreement that Trouble and I have parted ways effective immediately. I love them very much and I wish them nothing but the best. At this moment in time I just can't handle touring anymore. All I want to do is write songs and work on my new project BLACK FINGER. I am sorry and I love you all."
Although right now details are vague, it has been reported that Anything On Fire drummer Tripp Joye (who was also a former member of Glass Casket) was killed friday night (May 2nd) in an automobile accident in Winston-Salem, NC. Joye was just 25 years old.
POWERMAN 5000 have announced the following live dates:
17 - Grail Event Center, Coeur DAlene ID
18 - El Corazon Seattle, WA
19 - Plaza Club Vancouver, BC
20 - Rock and Roll Pizza Portland, OR
21 - The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
5 - Whiskey a Go Go Hollywood, CA