Metal News for May 5, 2007
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Georgia metal act By The Sins Fell Angels have parted ways with vocalist Anthony Gunnells (also formerly of Through The Eyes Of The Dead). Here is the band's official statement regarding his departure and replacement:
"What's up, everybody. We just wanted to inform you all that Anthony Gunnells will no longer be singing with By The Sins Fell Angels. Anthony felt he had more important things to do than come to band practice every weekend and we agreed a long time ago before he even joined this band that if you don't come or make an effort to come to practice, you can not be in this band or play shows. He could not follow this policy so we asked him to leave. Its nothing against his talents as a vocalist at all, its just a pure work ethic issue. We wish Anthony the best in whatever he chooses to do next.
On another note, we have a replacement. We'd like to announce Evan Williams as our new singer. Evan's talents are pretty much equal with Anthony's but only a few have had the chance hear him, and we can not wait to start playing shows and "finally" record a demo for you guys. Thanks for being so patient with all the change that's going on with us. Hope to see everyone May 11th at Ground Zero. Laterrr."
Zao is once again without a drummer as Josh Walters, who just joined the band in late-2006, has officially left the band. Here's a statement from guitarist Scott Mellinger:
"Just to let everyone know, Josh Walters will not be playing drums for Zao. He is very involved in his work and doesn't have the time needed to do anything music related. We do have a friend that will be learning some stuff and hopefully be playing with us very soon. Once we solidify the drummer position we will be playing some shows in our area and possibly be playing Cornerstone Illinois. Zao is not dead, We have every intention to do shows and records in the upcoming months. All the support you guys have given us has been awesome and it drives us to keep this alive."
Dates have been finalized for the upcoming Lambgoat First Post (No Care Ever) Tour. Featuring Year Of Desolation (Prosthetic Records), The Destro (Ironclad Recordings), Iscariot (567 Records), Apiary (Ironclad Recordings), and Unholy (Lambgoat Records), the trek will begin in Ohio in early-June, and wind its way across the U.S. and back, ending in New England in early-July.
Here are the finalized Lambgoat First Post (No Care Ever) Tour dates:
6/3 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
6/4 Toledo, OH @ Vamps
6/5 Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights Of Columbus Hall
6/6 Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
6/7 Iowa City, IA @ The Picador
6/8 Osseo, MN @ The Segue
6/9 Rapid City, SD @ Dahl Fine Arts Center
6/11 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
6/14 Oakland, CA @ Uptown Nightclub
6/15 Susanville, CA @ Susanville Elks Lodge
6/16 Tijuana, MEX @ Box Underground
6/17 San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
6/18 Tempe, AZ @ The Sets
6/19 El Paso, TX @ House Of ROck N Roll
6/20 Austin, TX @ Red 7
6/21 Houston, TX @ Walter's On Washington
6/22 San Antonio, TX @ Scoobys
6/23 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Compound
6/24 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
6/25 Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
6/26 Orlando, FL @ Island Oasis
6/27 Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
6/28 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
6/29 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
6/30 Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
7/2 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa Night Club
7/3 Levittown, NY @ Club Metasin
7/4 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards
7/6 Portland, ME @ The Station
7/7 Milford, NH @ Sirens
The Great Deceiver has officially signed with Deathwish Inc. for the release of their new album.
The Great Deceiver are the vision of vocal legend Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear, etc) and longtime friend Kristian Wahlin (Necrolord), visual artist to legendary bands At The Gates, Dissection, etc. They formed the band just after the demise of At The Gates in 1999.
The Great Deceiver have constantly evolved since their inception, progressing past the trends of the day, they have made a career of defying limiting classifications. With releases on labels as diverse as Trustkill Records (Bleeding Through, This Is Hell, etc.) and Peaceville Records (Paradise Lost, At The Gates, etc.), they've solidified their reputation as a force to be reckoned with in both the metal and hardcore worlds. Appealing to both scenes lethally and equally as a new kind of aggressive aural amalgamation.
In 2007, The Great Deceiver will release "Life Is Wasted On The Living," their new album on Deathwish. Produced and engineered by Berno Paulsson (The Haunted), "Life Is Wasted On The Living" takes their trend killing approach to new heights. Combining the intensity of hardcore, the power of metal, and the hook laden repetition of industrial, into a new kind of musical apocalypse.
The band are currently putting the finishing touches on the album. In the meantime, check out the unmastered song "Home To Oblivion" here.
The Locust will play several Mexican shows in late-June. Here are the tour dates (plus one California show):
6/22 Mexicali, Mexico @ CEART
6/23 Mexico City, Mexico @ La Victoria
6/24 Monterrey, Mexico @ Café Iguana
6/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
6/30 Tijuana, Mexico @ Box Underground
Death metal band NOMAD (featuring Seth from BEHEMOTH) and thrash metal combo AL SIRAT have officially joined Empire Records ranks. Their newest albums are set to be released in May, attached to 3/2007 issue of Thrash'em All Magazine. More info about both bands will be published soon.
A 23-minute video interview with MASTODON, conducted recently by David Farrier of New Zealand's of TV3, has been posted online at this location.
Dear devoted maggots: Fear not, for there will be a new Slipknot record in the not-so-distant future. But whether the band carries on after that, no one can say for sure.
Frontman Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root are off doing Stone Sour, and drummer Joey Jordison is filling in for Korn's on-hiatus drummer David Silveria during this summer's Family Values Tour. So the members of Slipknot don't have any definitive plans to begin writing new material for their next LP and have no idea when they'll record it.
"Nothing's really been written yet, and it's just kind of up in the air right now," Taylor said. "We're definitely going to do at least one more Slipknot album, let's put it that way. But after that, who knows? You get to a point in life where you've said all you can really say with one thing, and I've still got some stuff I want to say with Slipknot. But who knows where I'll be after that. So I want to at least make one more, and then I don't know what's going to happen."
Taylor is well aware that the band's fans will be summarily bummed if the 'Knot decide to call it a day after reconvening for the recording of — and subsequent touring around — their impending studio offering, to which the singer responded, "Grow up!" Taylor said he'd like Slipknot to go out when the time is right and doesn't want to see the band hanging on past its prime.
"If [the fans] really sat down and thought about what Slipknot is and what Slipknot was, I think it would make sense to them," he said. "Anytime you drive something into the dirt, it's not the same as it was. It doesn't have the same potency, the same meaning. I think any real Slipknot fan would appreciate that. I'm not saying it will be the last album from us — I'm saying it most likely ... I mean, we're at least doing one more. People are very pessimistic, and instead of looking at things in a pragmatic mindset, they go, 'Oh, I can't live.' Please."
Taylor is more certain about Stone Sour's future. "I will always make music with Stone Sour," he said. "Stone Sour will always be here".
To that end, the band's label, Roadrunner Records, plans to reissue Stone Sour's 2006 LP, Come What(ever) May, in expanded form, with loads of unreleased material. Taylor said the special digipak edition of the disc will be in stores this summer and will feature six acoustic tracks that either didn't make the cut the first time around or have been recorded since Come What(ever) May's release — including a cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game." The set will also boast two DVDs, which will include all the videos the band shot for the album and a live performance captured in November when the band played before 8,000 people in Moscow.
"Five of the tracks were actually recorded during the original album sessions," Taylor said. "And there's a spoken-word piece I was going to put on the album, but the songs were so strong that we decided, 'Screw it, we can always release it somewhere.' And with 'Wicked Game,' the original is amazing, but the way that we play it, it's not as technical. But at the same time, there's a melancholy about it that's really cool."
Taylor said that while he hasn't given it much thought, he wouldn't be opposed to releasing material as a solo artist. "People keep asking me about that, and I don't know," he explained. "It's a little soon to talk about that. If I wanted to, I could — I have enough songs that I've written on my own. But right now I have two bands [not counting his two cover bands, Audacious P and Dum Fux] — I don't need a third."
Swedish melodic death metallers Scar Symmetry have issued the following update:
"We're back home from the 'Metal For The Masses' North American tour, together with Into Eternity, Dark Tranquillity and The Haunted. It's been an amazing month and we've had nothing but the best of times. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who took their time, showing up at the gigs, checking us out and buying our merch. Thank you all for your kind support! Special thanks to our new friends in Into Eternity for sharing their backline with us and for being great guys; Dark Tranquillity for kick-ass times on the tourbus and for being the best of dudes; The Haunted for being killer guys, both on and off stage!
"Up next is a gig in Norway, on the Karmoygeddon metal festival. Also, a couple of Swedish dates have been confirmed, set to take place at the end of the month. One in Avesta and one in Stockholm."
UNEARTH has checked in with the following update:
"So far the DIMMU BORGIR tour has been a damn good one. Thanks to everyone of the UNEARTH faithful who have come out to support us on this eclectic bill. We have another three weeks left on this tour, so if it comes near you make sure to come out and rage with us. Our friends in DEVILDRIVER and KATAKLYSM are tearing shit up, so make sure to get there early to see them both rip.
"After an un-fucking-real headlining tour of Europe this March and April with JOB FOR A COWBOY, DESPISED ICON and DAATH, we are headed back overseas for over a dozen European festivals starting June 9th in Spain at Festimad and ending July 1st in Germany at With Full Force. Besides that, another Australian run is in the works for the summer, so stay tuned for details on that real soon."
Dimmu Borgir made a Chicago stop on Wednesday at the House of Blues in support of their first studio album in four years, In Sorte Diaboli... Photos can be viewed here.
LACUNA COIL have added two additional acoustic shows to their US schedule:
Manny's New York
156 West 48th Street
(between 6th & 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036
3100 8th Street South
Moorhead , MN 56560
More information on all the acoustic shows can be found at the Ovation Guitars site here, where you can also view an exclusive video of Lacuna Coil performing 'Heavens A Lie'.
BODY OF SCARS, the new Phoenix, Arizona-based band featuring JAG PANZER drummer Rikard Stjernquist and former 40 GRIT vocalist/guitarist James Santiago, is currently in the studio laying 13 tracks for its self-titled debut release, tentatively due later in the year. The new album versions of the songs "Body of Scars", "Blood Drain" and "Let's Get High" have been posted online on the group's MySpace page.
Formed in August 2006, BODY OF SCARS' current lineup is completed by lead guitarist Randy Davis (MOTIVE).
Currently unsigned, BODY OF SCARS is searching for a local Arizona bassist.
The new video for Fightstars "Paint Your Target" has been posted on Revolvers website here. The band is currently gearing up for their first tour with Madina Lake.
Czech Republic-based death metallers PANDEMIA have finished recording a new promo single. A track from the effort, entitled "Feets of Anger" (sic), can be downloaded at this location. Photos from the recording sessions can be viewed here.
PANDEMIA's third album, "Riven", is available in the U.S. and Europe via Metal Age Productions.
Escape the Fate and Confession have also been tapped as opening acts for the tour.
Shai Hulud are shooting for a September release date through Metal Blade for their new album "Misanthropy Pure".
Caliban's new track "I Will Never Let You Down" has been made available online here. The song is taken from the bands new album "The Awakening", which is expected to see a June 05th North American release date through Abacus Recordings.
Year Long Disaster (ex-Karma To Burn/Speedealer) have signed a deal with Volcom Entertainment. The group will record their new album for the label this month with a September 25th release date planned. In the meantime, they will hit the road later this month for a string of dates supporting Clutch. Material from the band can be found here.
Hellyeah have made the acoustic version of their track "Alcohaulin' Ass" available online here. The song is a bonus track included exclusively on copies of the groups self-titled album purchased at Best Buy stores.
You can now view Arch Enemy's 2006 Download Festival performance online here. The band has recently stated they remain hard at work on their forthcomming album.
Century Media will be reissuing Strapping Young Lad's 1997 effort "City" in a 'deluxe edition' form on June 05th. No word yet on what bonus content it will contain. In other news, the bands 2006 live performance at the UK's annual "Download Festival" can be seen online here.
The Ocean have spent the past few weeks recording their new album in northern Finland. A release through Metal Blade is expected later this year. However, the band are now minus a bassist and are looking for a replacement, details on what they are looking for can be found over at their official website www.theoceancollective.com.
Becoming The Archetype's video for their track "Endure", which was directed by Endeavor Media (Dead Poetic, Project 86), has been made available online here. The song serves as the first single from the bands new album "The Physics Of Fire".
Pelican's new album "City Of Echoes" has been bumped back to a June 05th release date through Hydra Head. You can still download Pelican's seven-minute title track from their upcoming full length, "City Of Echoes" from Pitchfork Media.
Marilyn Mansons new effort "Eat Me Drink Me" will be released on June 5th. In a recent interview at MTV.com Manson discusses the album and what drove him to finally finish it.
Zao has reportedly parted ways with drummer Josh Walters and are said to be on the lookout for a replacement. Guitarist Scott Mellinger posted the following comments on the bands site :
"Just to let everyone know Josh Walters will not be playing drums for Zao. He is very involved in his work and doesn't have the time needed to do anything music related. We do have a friend that will be learning some stuff and hopefully be playing with us very soon. Once we solidify the drummer position we will be playing some shows in our area and possibly be playing Cornerstone Illinois. Zao is not dead, We have every intention to do shows and records in the upcoming months. All the support you guys have given us has been awesome and it drives us to keep this alive!!!"
Omaha, Nebraska power metallers CELLADOR are currently in their home studio doing the pre-production for their upcoming album, which should come out early 2008.
Guitarist Bill Hudson and newly acquired bassist Mika Horiuchi have recorded a short video where they talk about the next album, and play a small section of one of the songs. The clip can be seen here.
CELLADOR's "Enter Deception" album was released in June 2006 via Metal Blade. The CD was recorded at Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL). More...
Chicago's psychedelic-themed black metal act NACHTMYSTIUM has issued the following update:
"We're proud to announce today that we've officially signed a two-album deal with Century Media Records for North America! We're also finalizing our new deal for Europe and Asia with Candlelight Records U.K.
"First release up will be 'Eulogy IV' via Century Media, who will be keeping this title in-print permanently after two very limited releases of this title over the last three years. Expect this to hit stores sometime in the next 2-3 months.
"We leave for our tour with WATAIN and ANGELCORPSE here in a few days, hope to see you maniacs on the road once again! We're honored to have session drummer Zack Simmons from GOATWHORE filling in for us on this tour after the untimely departure of our latest drummer, Jean Graffio. We've parted ways with Jean and we wish him the best of luck with his other projects and future endeavors."
SHATTER MESSIAH, the Akron, Ohio-based band featuring former NEVERMORE/ANNIHILATOR guitarist Curran Murphy and ex-ANNIHILATOR drummer Robert Falzano, has issued the following update:
"SHATTER MESSIAH would like to welcome Jason Chamberlain to the band as our new friend and bass player. Jason took the low end job for our '06 tour after Ron [Boisvert] had to bow out for personal reasons. Everyone in the SHATTER camp is still on good terms with Ron and we all wish him the best."
DCA Recordings last month released the critically acclaimed debut album by SHATTER MESSIAH, "Never to Play the Servant". The CD was released last year in Europe, and had only been available as an import outside the continent.
In June the band will embark on a North American tour as direct support to Finnish goth metal band TO/DIE/FOR. Also on the bill will be Australia's VIRGIN BLACK (The End Records) and Metal Blade recording artists EPICUREAN.
NIGHTINGALE, the Swedish band featuring acclaimed musician/producer Dan Swanö and his brother Dag, will release its sixth album, "White Darkness", on June 4 via Black Mark.
The album was recorded at a big theater, with many of the songs having been tracked as live as can be in the studio, giving them that little extra spark of life often missing in modern productions.
The term "White Darkness" is an expression that lead singer and lyricist Dan Swanö used to describe the state of mind he was in during the aftermath of his divorce. Most of his lyrics on this album are diaries from months of soul searching. During this dark period Dan did not write much music, so his older brother Dag Swanö (formerly known as Tom Nouga) stepped in, armed to his teeth with killer songs from the past and the present. More...
ONSLAUGHT vocalist Sy Keeler has undergone a successful surgery to re-attach the retina of his left eye and is recovering well at home. The detachment occured at the soundcheck of Leeds Rio's during the first leg of the reunited British thrashers' "Killing Peace" tour, forcing the group to cancel the remainder of the U.K. shows.
Barring any further complications, ONSLAUGHT will be ready to head out on the road again in the next three weeks.
ONSLAUGHT is currently looking into rescheduling the cancelled dates for later in the year.
FLYLEAF has announced the details of the rescheduled dates which were postponed last month singer so that frontwoman Lacey Mosley could recover from "intense temporary throat damage." The new tour dates are as follows:
Jun. 19 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Jun. 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
Jun. 23 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
Jun. 25 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Jun. 26 - Cincinatti, OH @ Bogart's
FLYLEAF has also been confirmed for Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 28.
SIX FEET UNDER’s previously announced tour with MALEVOLENT CREATION and BELPHEGOR has been cancelled. The band is expected to tour later this year, while MALEVOLENT CREATION are looking at other touring options.