Metal News for May 5, 2005
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17 news articles posted on this day.
The upcoming Downset, Ramallah, and Demean tour has been cancelled. Slated to run from May 13th through early-June, the trek was reportedly scrapped "due to internal problems with Downset." For their part, Ramallah are instead putting together some other tours.
The Absence have finished recording their Metal Blade Records debut, which should hit stores this Fall. The effort was recorded and mixed by Erik Rutan (of Hate Eternal) and is currently being mastered at West West Side Music in New Jersey.
Seth Fest 2005 will take place on June 25th at Forward Hall in Erie, PA. Doors open at 1pm and tickets are $14. The following bands are scheduled to perform:
Death Before Dishonor
Out To Win
Blood In/Blood Out
Swear To God
Back Of Tha Neck
Built Upon Frustration
Cease To Breathe
Australia's TheAge.com.au is reporting that a devoted follower of a Scandinavian band notorious for its heavy metal anti-Christian music burnt down a majestic Moonee Ponds church in a multimillion-dollar arson attack.
Novak Majstorovic (photo) had drunken visions of the 107-year-old Ascot Vale Uniting Church being responsible for society's problems with law, ethics and morality.
Majstorovic, 19, admitted his passion for the band BURZUM, whose lead singer was allegedly involved in burning down numerous Norwegian churches in the 1990s, helped create a heavy metal ideological imagery based on good and evil.
"It can be explained through any real meanings, you know, but using God and Satan is just like a... it's an image," he told police after his arrest.
Victorian arson squad detectives treated Majstorovic as a suspect after investigations revealed his interest in BURZUM and "black metal" music and culture. More...
A limited-edition box set pre-ENTOMBED recordings is tentatively scheduled for release this fall/winter via Threeman Recordings. "This box will not only be a limited luxurious lookin' motha, it will also have all kinds of rare NIHILIST recordings on it and even some pre-NIHILIST stuff such as BRAINWARP and more!" reads a statement from the label.
Threeman Recordings recently issued a one-CD collection of NIHILIST demos, entitled simply "Nihilist". The album features liner notes from former Metal Maniacs contibutor/current label manager for Century Media Records, Ula Gehret.
BIOMECHANICAL have just completed work on the first video from their forthcoming metal symphony 'The Empires Of The Worlds' with UK director Adam Mason. The video, for the title track of the album, is sure to be a groundbreaking piece of work reflecting vocalist John K.¹s love of cinematic soundscapes, with nods to 'Aliens' and 'Apocalypse Now¹.
Recovering from an arduous shoot, vocalist John K. had this to say
"Shooting this video was hard work to say the least but we thoroughly enjoyed it!! The professionalism of the crew was very evident and that gave us a confidence that will hopefully show in the vid. Director Adam Mason and the rest of the crew did a great job and personally I can't wait to see the final cut!"
CKY have set a June 28 release date through Island Def Jam for their third album, "An Answer Can Be Found".
Commented CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller: "Our album is finally completed and all I can say is that it's a masterpiece. We have busted our asses for the last year pushing our abilities and talents to outdo what we have done in the past, and without disrespecting our other records, I feel this one blows them away. We have succesfully progressed beyond our expectations. I want to extend congratulations to Chad Ginsburg for producing and mixing this record top-fucking-notch and taking the level of this band even further than I ever imagined, and to Jess Margera for delivering the drumming that this album called for.
"To the CKY Alliance worldwide...this record is totally for you. We are grateful to you for sticking with us for so long and I know you will be pleased. Much appreciation to Paul Pontius, Island Records and our management team for believing in us and letting us do exactly what we needed and wanted to do...make the best rock record of 2005..."
Here is the "An Answer Can Be Found" track listing: More...
Soilwork frontman, Speed, has posted the following message on the band's official website:
WE CROSSED THE BORDER TO CANADA THIS MORNING AND WE'RE NOW IN QUEBEC..
I'M SORRY THAT I HAVEN?T POSTED MUCH LATELY ABOUT (ABOOT) THE SHOWS LATELY BUT ALL I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE'RE HAVING SUCH A BLAST AND THAT THIS TOUR SEEM TO BE A NEVERENDING PARTY..
ALL THE RECENT SHOWS HAVE BEEN AMAZING!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING US ONE OF THE BEST TOURS WE?VE EVER DONE!
I REALLY WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO GIVE OUR GREAT TATTOO ARTIST AND FRIEND CHRIS MCMILLEN SOME CREDIT HERE, HE'S BEEN WORKING HIS ASS OFF PROVIDING US WITH GREAT TATTOOS EVERYDAY.. HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO POST SOME PICS OF OUR NEW TATTOOS, MEANWHILE CHECK OUT HIS SITE: WWW.ATOMICCOFFIN.COM
CAN'T WAIT TO TEAR IT UP TONIGHT IN QUEBEC... STAY TUNE PEOPLE...
Amon Amarth will be teaming up with labelmates Cataract and Impious for a short summer tour inbetween their headlining appearances at Party.San and Summer Breeze Open Air festivals.
The show in Köln (Cologne) will be filmed for a DVD-recording to be released by the end of the year. More details about the filming and the specials surrounding this particular gig will be announced soon.
Aug. 13 Karlsruhe (Germany) - Substage
Aug. 14 Weert (Holland) - Bosuil
Aug. 15 Vosselaar (Belgien) - Biebob
Aug. 16 Köln (Germany) - Live Music Hall
Aug. 17 Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
How would you like to have Machine Head play in your backyard this Memorial Day? Well that just might happen! Courtesy of FUSE's Uranium and Revolver magazine, on Monday, May 30th, one lucky winner will be throwing a Machine Head Memorial Day metal bash! Additional contest details will be announced shortly, but in the meantime, you can send your name, e-mail address and ZIP code to email@example.com to enter!
Contest is limited to U.S. residents only, one entry per person/household.
The digital airwaves are bracing for a flesh-peeling scalpel fight Saturday, May 7th when members of goremasters Impaled invade Abrasive Rock’s chatroom www.abrasiverock.com at 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST. Disarming fans with their limb-severing nefariousness, Impaled's guitarist/vocalist Sean McGrath M.D. (Medical Deviant) and bassist Ross Sewage R.N. (Registered Nut) plan to corrupt chatroom visitors personally with their depraved perversity.
Oakland’s Impaled released Death After Life, their Century Media debut, earlier this year. They then went on to perform three April operations, including a bone-sawing performance at The Arizona Death Fest. Impaled are chomping at the bit to eviscerate at Maryland Death Fest on May 29th, prior to which the knights of blight will perform two East Coast shows May 25 and 26 with Aborted, Rotten Sound and Leng Tch’e.
Motorhead will be touring the UK this fall as part of their 30th anniversary tour. In Flames has been to open for these shows. Tour dates:
Oct. 30 - Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
Oct. 31 - Ipswich, UK @ Regent Hall
Nov. 1 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Nov. 3 - Cardiff, Wales @ University
Nov. 4 - Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
Nov. 5 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo
Nov. 7 - Glasgow, Scotland @ Academy
Nov. 8 - Liverpool, UK @ University
Nov. 10 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Nov. 11 - Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
Nov. 12 - Bradford, UK @ St. Georges Hall
Nov. 14 - Leicester, UK @ De Montfort Hall
Nov. 15 - Oxford, UK @ New Theatre
Nov. 16 - Norwich, UK @ UEA
Nov. 18 - Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
Nov. 19 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy
Nov. 20 - Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
Nov. 22 - Plymouth, UK @ Pavilions
Nov. 23 - Southampton, UK @ Guildhall
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:
OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.
I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.
My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.
After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.
This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.
We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.
Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.
Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Heavy metallers Cradle of Filth are yearning for an extraordinary collaboration - with clean cut pop legend Sir Cliff Richard.
The tattooed rockers recorded a heavily-reworked version of Richard's Devin Woman and are keen to find out what the "Peter Pan of pop" thinks of their efforts - and if he'd consider duetting with them.
Guitarist James McLlroy says, "It would be interesting to know if he's heard it. I doubt he's a fan.
"Imagine a collaboration! Christmas number one!"
HindustanTimes.com is reporting that MEGADETH, STEVE VAI and BILLY SHEEHAN are among the musicians that are scheduled to perform in India before the end of the year. "The artists have confirmed their tours around the end of the year and Delhi will certainly be part of the plan for some of these stars. Plans are also underway for rock god Eric Clapton's show early next year," says Cyrus Gorimar, proprietor of Opium, the event management firm that is organizing the concerts.
Joe Satriani is scheduled to play in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore on May 13, 15 and 17 respectively. He’ll be accompanied by acknowledged musicians like Jeff Campetelli on drums, Matt Bissonette on bass and Galen Henson on rhythm guitar.
"We are all very excited, as this is our first time in India. So be there," Satriani told HT City.
MJI Interactive is reporting that SYSTEM OF A DOWN have been selected as Yahoo! Music's artist of the month in anticipation of the May 17 release of their new album, "Mezmerize". You can watch an exclusive interview here. Also offered for your viewing pleasure are three exclusive live performances of "Needles", "Psycho" and "Prison Song". Meanwhile, remember to catch SYSTEM OF A DOWN on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.
"Mezmerize" is Disc One of the 2-disc set "Mezmerize/Hypnotize". Disc Two, "Hypnotize", is expected to be released late this fall.
The UK's Future Heavy Metal Gods 'Biomechanical', who are about to release their "The Empires Of The Worlds" album through Earache/Elitist on June 6th, will play a FREE hometown showcase gig for journalists and fans alike in London¹s Camden Underworld on Weds May 18th. Doors are at 1pm and the band is on stage at 2pm.