Metal News for May 5, 2006
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6 news articles posted on this day.
Prosthetic Records has enetered into an exclusive licensing agreement with France's Listenable Records to release the new album from French metal titans GOJIRA throughout North America. The band's latest opus, From Mars To Sirius, will be released through Prosthetic on Aug. 22. The record has already been showered with high words of praise in North America from Alternative Press, Metal Maniacs, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Decibel, and Blabbermouth.net, despite initially being available only on import through Listenable.
From Mars To Sirius will be the band's first album with a formal North American release, all while the band has logged 300+ live shows in France and Europe and sold over 8,000 copies of its last album throughout Europe. Now with Prosthetic's backing, GOJIRA will bring its futuristicly heavy sound across the Atlantic. The band is currently playing live dates and festivals throughout Europe for much of the summer.
The underground metal scene is home to one of Rock music's best kept secrets, Krell. This is a very dynamic and thought provoking Industrial metal band that I can only see shooting straight through to the top of the game sooner rather than later. They seem to understand that the best tag to have as a band really is one that's not clearly defined. They can hit you in the gut from so many angles at any moment with their demonic yet beautifully sweeping songwriting prowess, that I just have to believe in my heart that this band is going to achieve great things. Now besides saying I have traded Jag bombs with Krell's talented six stringer, Adam, I can say we've hammered out a really interesting interview that should win them over many more fans.
MTV.com talked to Arch Enemy's Michael Amott about touring (Ozzfest and their current Jagermeister tour and more) and the shooting of their latest video, upcoming DVD and more. During the conversation Amott revealed that Arch Enemy will be on this year's Gigantour (2006):
"We know we're on ... the main stage, and I know it runs from late August to October," he said, adding that the only other band he knows will be on the bill is Megadeth — sort of a given, since Dave Mustaine organizes the festival. "We're excited about coming back to the U.S. once again. We're happy we can get work, you know? It's going to be a good tour for us. We did Ozzfest last year and we made a lot of new fans and sold a lot of records. It's great to come out on another big package tour, and I think there's probably a more traditional metal audience out there who could pick up on what we do as well through Gigantour."
Arch Enemy recently shot a video for "My Apocalypse" in Sweden with director Roger Johansson (In Flames), and it will debut on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" this month. It's a performance video "with wind blowing, and we have great hair, and you can kind of see through our bodies, so you can see our skeletons — in red," Amott explained. "When [Johansson] told me, I said, 'That sounds pretty metal.' "
Before Arch Enemy do Gigantour, they'll issue a DVD called "Live Apocalypse" on August 8. The package will feature the band's final live set with Amott's brother, Christopher, which was shot in London in late 2004, before the second guitarist and founding member left. Fans can also expect band interviews, a segment in which Arch Enemy discuss and exhibit the equipment they use when they perform live, and the usual bloopers-on-a-tour-bus clips. "I'm super proud of it," he said of the two-disc set.
"We didn't want to focus too heavy on [behind-the-scenes footage]," he added. "Those things are kind of boring. I mean, how many times can you watch a drunk musician? But the interviews with the band are very good. A lot of people may never really get to know us. They only know us by picture, and they don't get to see you talk or know what kind of person you are — that you have a sense of humor, that you're not only just an iconic metal god."
He also said Arch Enemy have been working on material while on the road, which they've never done before. He says they'd like to start recording the follow-up to Doomsday Machine early next year.
"It's very different for us this time, because we never write on the road at all," he said. "This year, we've been writing a lot on the road. We're just making these little demos, really. But they're not proper songs — just riffs sort of thrown together. We've never been this far ahead of the game before, as far as material [goes], because usually we're scrambling for songs once we hit the studio. This time, we'll be very well prepared."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Prong has always been one of the more compelling hardcore metal acts since being formed in 1986 by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor. This is a band that has always delivered some of the meanest, pit-swirling songs around. And from a critical standpoint, Prong has amazingly kept its head way above water over the years, even throughout the stadium-filling eras of Guns N Roses and Metallica. Prong has always been refreshing in its experimentation by mixing elements of progressive thrash with electronica. This metal act will go down in Rock history as being one of the grittier, flat out well respected heavy music outifts ever. Even when you think you've heard the last from them, Prong's music somehow always manages to work its way back. I am so thrilled to have this chance to get some questions in with Prong's new bass player, Mike Longworth. More...
Australia's PyroMusic.net has posted a 20 minute video and a slew of Photos from Cryptopsy's first show in Sydney, Australia (4th May, 2006).
Cryptopsy destroyed Sydney last night (with a little help from Perth's Enforce and Melbourne's Fuck... I'm Dead), kicking off their Australian tour with a bang. We have a myriad of photos and a 20 minute video of the set."
You can check it all out here.
As All Die's latest release "Victory" is complete. "Without question this is the most aggressive martial industrial release from As All Die to date. Victory mixes elements of heavy percussion, harsh soundscapes, aggressive and spoken vocals, droning synths and WWI samples," says Flood The Earth's announcement. A preview of the epic militant 25 minute title-track is available here.
As All Die will be holding a "Victory" release party with Man Milk, Diva Destruction and No Where and other bands yet to be announced. Here are the details:
Victory Release Party
Friday, May 26th - Brass Mug - Tampa. FL
9pm - $7
In related news, the new Broken Hands for Brilliant Minds/Dense Vision Shrine split is available from Absolute Zero Media. BHFBM is a project from Clint Listing of As All Die and uses etheral washes and slow, hypnotic drones to achieve a meditative, introspective and at times haunting listen.