Metal News for May 5, 2008
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SIGH's upcoming six-song tribute to legendaryblack metal band VENOM, titled "Sigh's Tribute to Venom," will featurethe bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and ShaneEmbury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT)
In an update from the band, singer MIRAI KAWASHIMA says: "We're excited to have these two guest musicians and friends of SIGH to take part in our tribute to VENOM. Their work has helped make the tracks stand out even more. Dan plays bass on "Countess Bathory," while Shane is on "Witching Hour." It sounds awesome!"
Here is "Sigh's Tribute to Venom" tracklisting:
The recording line-up is as follows:
Mirai Kawashima: Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals
Satoshi Fujinami: Drums, Guitar
Shinichi Ishikawa: Guitar
Junichi Harashima: Drums
Dr. Mikannibal: Vocals
In other news, the band is preparing for their 8th full-length album that will be entitled "Scenes from Hell / Tempore Belli / Vanitas." Sigh will work with a real string quartet and some brass players on this effort.
The new album is scheduled for release this fall on THE END RECORDS to coincide with SIGH's headlining tour
of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT.
Here are the latest Sigh tour dates: More...
Grindcore monsters Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition are back in USA and CANADA to headline the Inventory of Fixtour North America 2008. The tour features their new album, "Inventory of Fixtures," out on Bizarre leprous USA
Here are the INVENTORY OF FIXTOUR North American tour dates featuring Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition:
QUEBEC with Mesrine
8 may Levis - Lévisien ClubA
9 may Mont-Joli - Musik Box
10 may Chicoutimi - Le Bunker
11 may Yamachiche - Le Sportif
12 may Quebec - Le Velvet
13 may Montreal - Les Katakombes
14 may Ste Hyacinthe - Le Trash
15 may Sherbrooke - Le Magog More...
Nuclear Blast Records has resigned Peter Tägtgren and his industrial metal band PAIN. After more than ten years since the release of the self-titled PAIN debut on Nuclear Blast, the Swedish mastermind and HYPOCRISY-mainman is already busy working on his comeback album that is scheduled for a release in October 2008.
PAIN has also just returned from an immensely successful European tour as a support act for NIGHTWISH, which lead them through 18 countries and was witnessed by approximately 150,000 people.
New York’s KRALLICE, the black metal outfit masterminded by guitar genius Mick Barr (OCRILIM, ORTHRELM etc.) and technical music wizard Colin Marston (BEHOLD… THE ARCTOPUS, DYSRHYTHMIA, BYLA, etc.), has completed work on their debut album.
The labels states in a press release: "In what will become one of the most cursed releases in the realm of black metal this year, the vision conjured up by Barr and Marston is an overwhelming amalgam of epic time-stretching visceral black metal that recalls the spirit brought forth with such acts as Burzum (first three albums), Weakling, Gorgoroth (particularly the “Antichrist” album), Ulver (particularly “Nattens Madrigal”) with of course the musical wizardry that Barr and Marston are known to portray with their prolific repertoire as its known, throughout the many circles within progressive and experimental music in which said musicians dwell within."
"Although Krallice does present a new voice for Barr and Marston (especially seeing that they pretty much dabble within instrumental music), Krallice not only adds to their prolific repertoire, but also strengthens it. With its layered, tremolo weaving, hypnotic and twisted guitar (dis)harmonics, vicious use of melody, elongated time-structures and Barr’s unique cavermous harsh wails, the debut Krallice album is a massive and surging work of demented unforgiving black metal art."
The tracklisting for the debut Krallice album is as follows:
1. Wretched Wisdom
3. Molec Codicies
5. Energy Chasms
6. Forgiveness In Rot
Look for the Krallice album to officially be released late July and an MP3 to be posted online very soon.
The new album "Dead End" by the Swedish heavy-/power metal band Incrave will be released in Japan July 23rd by Soundholic. The album will contain the bonus track "No One Else."
"Dead End" was released in Europe April 25th by Ulterium Records, and will also be released in North America May 13th by Nightmare Records.
The release date for STARTERHEAD's new album "Undergrounding"is set to June 3rd. The album will be released through Indark Music, the same label who released debut album "Inside" and was produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA) and features ANATA's Conny Pettersson on drums.
You can listen to "The Last Words" and a sample of "Underground" from "Undergrounding," as well as "Deaths route" from their debut album "Inside" on the band's MySpace page.
Sixsixsix Records will release Dave Pybus’s first band DREAMBREED’s last-ever recording from 1997, "Misery Sessions," on CD this April, with the official release date set for April 21. "Misery Sessions" spans the group’s last three years of existence before unofficially splitting when Dave went on to join Liverpool’s ANATHEMA in 1998.
The CD will be limited and numbered at 666 copies, and will be released through Dave’s own label SixSixSix Records, which he set up in 2005. The album will only be available initially online.
DREAMBREED released one mini-album, "Sometime" (Coast to Coast Recordings), in 1995 and seven demos featuring over 30 original tracks.
British label Anticulture Records signed 3 year contract to Wigan, UK-based death metal/grindcore band Evisorax. Their EP will be released through Anticulture in June on iTunes and a physical release shall follow soon after. Evisorax will be recording their debut album in December to be released in January.
Guitarist Dan Lynch, said "We're totally happy to join Anticulture, to be part of such an incredible roster and be label mates with some amazing bands, we feel like we've found our home"
Steev, Anticulture head honcho said "Within 30 seconds of listening to the first track on their myspace page, I'd decided to sign this band! I've never made that decision so quickly!".
Forever In Terror and Hell Within will tour together in June. The following tour dates have been announced so far:
6/6 Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels Skatepark
6/7 New Carlisle, OH @ New Carlisle V.F.W w/ Catalepsy
6/8 Creve Coeur, IL @ Tops and Tails
6/9 Green Bay, WI @ Club Toxic
6/11 Moorhead, MN @ Rascals Bar
6/12 Sturgis, SD @ Boulder Canyon
6/13 Casper, WY @ American Legion
6/15 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/16 Spokane, WA @ The Blvd
6/18 Portland, OR @ Rock and Roll Pizza
6/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Ritz Club
6/25 Austin, TX @ Red 7
6/26 Ft. Worth, TX @ Rockstar Sports Bar
6/28 Kilborn, TX @ Sidepocket Lounge w/ Catalepsy
7/1 Tulsa, OK @ The Crush Lounge w/ Catalepsy
Trash Talk and The Mongoloids will team up for a European tour this summer. Here are the dates:
06/19 Steenwijk @ De Buze (Trash Fest)
06/20 Newcastle @ TBA
06/21 Hull @ Ringside
06/22 Birmingham @ TBA
06/23 Newport @ Le Pub
06/24 Swindon @ Area 51
06/25 Paris @ Le Klub
06/26 Saarbrucken @ TBA
06/27 Sint-Niklaas @ T Verschil
06/28 Lichtenstein @ JZ Riot
06/29 Ruhrpott @ Pressurefest
06/30 Vienna @ Shelter
07/01 Florence @ Ulisse
07/02 Madrid @ Sala Baracuddas
07/04 Raesfeld/Ruhr @ TBA
07/05 Eindhoven @ Bar 51
07/06 Tessenderlo @ JH Tessloo
HellYeah are asking their fans to decide which song should constitute the band's fourth single. Tracks in the running are "Matter of Time," "Waging War," "God Damn," "In The Mood," "Star," "Rotten To The Core," "Nausea," and "One Thing." To vote for your favourite song, you can go to this location, or click below. More...
Finland's TACERE is currently looking for a new female singer. They are seeking the following requirements according to the following update:
"...an excellent voice and technique, experience in performing, rock attitude, a suitable appearance, willingness to commit to the project as well as a desire for success."
"We have already received a huge amount of applications and we have started looking through them. There are already several potential singers, but the application process is still open for anyone, and by sending e-mail to taceresinger (at) gmail.com you will receive more information about how to apply for the position."
French power metallers NIGHTMARE, who recently unveiled their video for their Genetic Disorder album cut "Final Procession" issue the following update:
"The band are currently also shooting another new video clip for the song 'Queen Of Love And Pain' directed by French talented producer, Stéphane Gilbart... and filmed with the collaboration of Israeli model, Jasmin Kedem. It will be available at the end of May."
"The band will introduce brand new line-up exclusively for three shows. Jean Christophe Lefevre will replace, exclusively for these shows, Alex Hilbert on guitar who cannot perform there for reasons out of his control. The remaining dates will be performed with regular line-up." More...
GOJIRA have confirmed their appearance as an opener to METALLICA's only French show on Thursday the 14th of August in Arras (North of France). METALLICA have not played in France since their latest appearance at the Parc des Princes in 2004 and 25,000 people are expected. This will also be GOJIRA's only live date since their North American tour in November 2007.
The band is absolutely delighted to be sharing the stage with METALLICA as they expressed, " We're all big fans of the band and grew up as musicians by listening to their classic albums also, it was a major news for us to be added on the bill. We feel it's another achievement for us and we're truly honored."
The band is currently recording the follow up to the much acclaimed "From Mars to Sirius" album for a worldwide October release.
Canada’s NEURAXIS has issued the band’s latest webisode video clip entitled “NEURAXIS Studio Episode #3 – vocals and bass,” featuring footage and interviews from the recording of the band’s fifth studio record. Footage is available online at the band’s MySpace page. NEURAXIS tapped Jef Fortin (of fellow Canadians Anonymus) to record the band’s debut album for Prosthetic Records, "The Thin Line Between," which will also feature a guest vocal cameo from the legendary Luc Lemay (Gorguts, Negativa). Cover artwork for "The Thin Line Between" is available here.
"The writing and recording process for "The Thin Line Between" was probably the most intense I've ever experienced,” says guitarist Rob Milley. “Sound-wise this is going to be our best so far. Song-wise, it’s our most complete album to date."
“I'm very happy with how the guitar playing was captured,” added fellow guitarist Will Seghers says. “Precise, vicious and dynamic are words that come to my mind when hearing the new album." More excerpts are available in the webisode.
Here is the complete "The Thin Line Between" tracklisting:
1. Darkness Prevails
4. Deviation Occurs
5. The Thin Line Between
6. Dreaming The End
7. Standing Despite...
10. The All And The Nothing
Currently wrapping up recording and mixing of "The Thin Line Between," NEURAXIS will be offering up more in-studio and behind the scenes footage between now and the album's July 22 release. Having entered the studio Feb. 19, Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, Shadows Fall) is now at work mastering the effort, and artist Dennis Sibejin of Damnengine Art (Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira) will showcase the record’s visuals. The cover art is available here. The new album will be the first studio album featuring new vocalist Alex Leblanc and new guitarist William Seghers, both having appeared on the recently-released "Live Progression," via Galy Records. "Live Progression" is the live follow-up to NEURAXIS’ last studio album, 2005's "Trilateral Progression." More details, artwork for "The Thin Line Between," tour dates and regular in-studio footage updates will be available shortly.
Here are the latest NEURAXIS tour dates: More...
Metal Church have posted the following update:
"Kurdt (Vanderhoof, guitars) is putting the final touches on our new release. We can't wait for you guys to hear it. This Present Wasteland rocks and we are all very proud of this work.
"Our new guitar player Rick Van Zandt came in and did a bang up job on his leads (they're killer) and we even have a couple guest guitar solos from some well known shredders! You are all in for a treat.
"We will fill you in on all the details at a later date.
"So stay tuned everybody for an actual release date and tour info. Make sure you check out a few pics from the last days of recording.
Keep metal alive. "
All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte has posted the following update:
"We're in Florida workin on a new RECORD!!!" Labonte says. "The guys got here on Wednesday and we started pre-production. It didn't take long for the stuff to come together. Jason is a great producer and he has had some really great ideas that we tried out and all most every time they worked out wonderfully.
"It's lookin' like it's gonna be 11 new songs. We have a cover in the works but I'm not gonna let the cat out of the bag yet. Don't worry, it's a pretty sweet song and it's not some song from the 80's like every other band does. It's a great song that never really got the attention it deserved.
"So yeah, 11 new ATR originals. Lots of em are kinda short. Which I like cause I have ADD so bad it's crazy. Some stuff is very different from anything we've done before. That makes me pretty happy. We don't wanna be the band that puts out the same disc two or three times in a row. There's some pretty rockin stuff, some heavy stuff, LOTS of solos, and LOTS and LOTS of double bass. We like to keep Jason [Costa, drums] feeling like he's more of a marathon runner than playing the drums. So yeah, the long and the short of it: the disc is coming together. Late August or early September it should be in stores and on iTunes.
Get into it!"
Tribal metal act Soulfly have revealed the front cover art for their forthcoming sixth album "Conquer." You can check it out at their official Myspace.
The album is scheduled for release in North America on July 29th and boasts guest appearances from Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent aswell as Throwdown frontman Dave Peters. The tracklisting is as follows:
01 - Blood Fire War Hate
02 - Unleash
03 - Paranoia
04 - Warmageddon
05 - War Ghost
06 - Rough
07 - Fall Of Sycophants
08 - Doom
09 - Rot
10 - Touching The Void
11 - Soulfly VI
Madison, Wisconsin-based metal band The Ottoman Empire is slated to release a new EP. Titled "The Answer: Does Not Exist," this is their first release since 2006's full length, "Way of the Blade." The EP will be available at the CD release show Saturday, May 17th at The Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI. The event is being recorded and video taped by Madison Media Institute and is an all-ages, free show.
"The Answer: Does Not Exist" EP will be comprised of 6 songs recorded in 2007 at Track Six Studios in Cleveland, OH. The EP was produced by Don DeBiase (Beneath The Sky, Forever in Terror), and features 4 new recordings as well as re-worked versions of the songs "Wrathshot" and "Anemic World" from the album "Way of the Blade."
Vocalist Mary Zimmer talks about the release of the new EP: "We've had a few unmastered versions of these 6 songs up on MySpace for quite a while now so that our fans could hear the new material right away. We originally recorded the 6 songs with no particular fate in mind. We weren't sure if we'd do more and put out a whole album, or if we would do an EP. Rather than wait to finish a whole album, we decide to put out an EP and include the re-worked versions of "Wrathshot" and "Anemic World." We shot a video for the 2007 version of "Anemic World" and it's been up on YouTube since last fall. It's gotten a great response so far and we think the EP will also be well received. Producer Don DeBiase was an absolute blast to work with and the new songs are definitely a step up from our 2006 release, 'Way of the Blade.'"
"The Answer: Does Not Exist" EP will be available digitally worldwide via iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody and more. Physical distribution will only be through the band's merchandise page found on MySpace.
Having sold more than 110,000 copies since last July’s release of "The Way Of The Fist," Five Finger Death Punch will be re-releasing their popular album on May 13th.
Three bonus tracks - “Stranger Than Fiction”, an acoustic version of the breakout smash single “The Bleeding” and the band’s current single “Never Enough (currently #23 most added after just three weeks at Active Rock radio) have been added to the record.
Five Finger Death Punch is currently packing venues all over North America with Disturbed and will be playing on the first ever Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival this summer as well. Here are the latest Five Finger Death Punch tour dates: More...
Symphonic pagan act Equilibrium has just wrapped production on their latest album “Sagas,” the band’s Nuclear Blast debut and the long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s “Turis Fratyr.”
Scheduled for release June 27, the set track list has been announced:
1. Prolog auf Erden (Instr.) 3:38?
2. Wurzelbert 4:58?
3. Blut im Auge 4:44?
4. Unbesiegt 6:19?
5. Verrat 6:04?
6. Snüffel 5:44?
7. Heimwärts 2:32?
8. Heiderauche (Instr.) 2:31?
9. Die Weide und der Fluß 7:21?
10. Des Sängers Fluch 8:03?
11. Ruf in den Wind 4:52?
12. Dämmerung 5:54?
13. Mana (Instr.) 16:21
“Sagas” features a guest appearance from Ulrich Herkenhoff, a pinpipe player who can be heard on the soundtrack of “The Lord of the Rings - Return of the King,” as well as a violin solo by Agnes Malich, deputy concertmaster of the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Although it’s a decent, smaller venue, something was clearly wrong with the sound quality at the Théatre Plaza on April 28, when Kalmah, Talamyus and WarCall came on Kalmah’s first-ever tour for this continent.
I’m not a sound technician, yet this is a problem I’m not as willing to attribute to the bands, as to the location, the equipment, the set-up, or something of that nature. The middle of Kalmah’s show offers an example of this issue, as the bass started producing an annoying, droning feedback – quite noticeable as I was stationed in front of Timo Lehtinen. Pekka Kokko had to stop the show and call for assistance, leading the audience into a shout of his new favorite curse word, “tabarnak!”
WarCall, a local band (from Montreal), opened the night and they were definitely sub-par, at least compared with the headliner. Their music was of a progressive nature that caused the mind to wander, and I ended up getting sucked into the saga of a large, drunk man harassing the bartender who waved water in his face, in vain.
Another Montreal act, Talamyus, picked up the crowd and got everyone thrashing about and ready for Kalmah. Even from closer to the back of the venue, where the sound is typically of a better grade, something was a little off in the performance of Talamyus, who did not manage to achieve their studio-quality sound. I don’t really enjoy admitting that, as I find this to be a talented and innovative group. They tackle Viking themes from a more brutal perspective than fans commonly see, tossing in old-school death metal growls more suggestive of earlier Amon Amarth work than melodic, folk-driven music.
The most recent release, “In These Days of Violence,” got a good deal of attention, and “God Of War” and “Conviction” were my favorite songs from their setlist.
Metallica has added another event to their list of things to do before hopping across the pond for their European tour.
According to the band’s website, they’ll be performing at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, CA on May 17. Irvine's local radio station KROQ is hosting their annual Weenie Roast and Metallica joins a musical roster that already includes Rise Against, Atreyu and Seether, amongst others.
Tickets for the show go on sale just two days beforehand on Thursday, May 15.
Update: The Lineup is as follows: More...
Arch Enemy have just released a video clip for "I Will Live Again" on YouTube. From their latest record "Rise of the Tyrant," the video was directed by Patric Ullaeus, who worked with the Swedish metallers on a previous video clip for "Revolution Begins."
If this isn't a big enough fix for you Arch Enemy fans out their, the band is about to kick off their North American tour with Divine Heresy, Firewind and Dark Tranquillity. Check out these dates for a gig near you:
May 09 Philadelphia PA @ The Fillmore
May 10 Towson MD @ Recher Theater
May 11 New York NY @ Irving Plaza
May 13 Montreal QC @ Le Medley
May 14 Quebec City QC @ Imperial
May 16 Toronto ON @ Opera House
May 17 Detroit MI @ The Majestic Theater
May 19 Chicago IL @ House of Blues
May 20 St. Paul MN @ Station 4
May 21 Winnipeg MB @ The Garrick Centre
May 23 Calgary AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
May 24 Edmonton AB @ Starlite
May 26 Vancouver BC @ Croation Cultural Centre
May 27 Seattle WA @ Showbox
May 29 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
May 30 West Hollywood CA @ House of Blues More...
Spinefarm Records UK has 150 tickets to give away for Children of Bodom's performance at this year's June 16 Golden Gods Awards. You can enter by filling out the form on Spinefarm’s website. Note that the contest is for tickets only, so winning would probably be much more fun - and financially sound - for all those UK residents out there!
Winners will be notified two weeks prior to the event.
Nine Inch Nails has released yet another new album, entitled "The Slip," entirely for free download "as a thank you to our fans for your continued support."
The music is available in a variety of formats including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE. By filling out a short form with your email, you will be sent a link that includes all options, all free. Additionally, all downloads include a PDF with artwork and credits.
The tracklisting for "The Slip" is as follows:
3. letting you
6. head down
7. lights in the sky
8. corona radiata
9. the four of us are dying
10. demon seed
running time: 43:45
The band also plans to make a version of this release available on CD and vinyl in July. More details coming soon.
The multitrack files for "The Slip" are also available on Nine Inch Nails' remix site.
It was only two months ago that Nine Inch Nails released "Ghosts I-IV" in a wide assortment of packages, with "Ghosts I" available as a free download. "Ghosts I-IV" brought in more than $1 million dollars just days after release.
Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Cincinnati-based Rose Funeral. According to an official press release from the label, Rose Funeral "bring’s fast paced riffs, bone crushing breakdowns, and just the right amount of melody making the group brutal yet still catchy."
The death metal act's Metal Blade debut, "The Resting Sonata," is scheduled for release later this year.
In the meantime, you can catch them out on the road with The Absence, The Destro and Epicurean.
06/19 Richland, NJ Memories Lounge
06/20 Baltimore, MD Sonar
06/21 Albany, NY Valentines
06/22 Buffalo, NY Club W
06/27 Troy, OH Staunton Garage
06/28 Detroit, MI Fischer Hall
06/29 Chicago, IL Mojoes Rock House
07/03 Tulsa, OK The Pinkeye
07/06 Austin, TX Red 7
*more dates to be announced shortly
Rumours are beginning to circulate that Sounds Of The Underground tour 2008 will not be happening this year due to, among other things, a lack of suitable headliners and a declne in the economy.
Last years tour was infamous for featuring "death rapper" Necro and his subsequent departure mid way through it.
Former CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted this message on his official blog:
"For the fourth time this year, I will return to Norway tomorrow to contribute my share to the mixing of the Black Metal album production commenced this past January. I will thus be online infrequently for a few days, but I will tend to the numerous pending e-mails in my inbox upon my return to Switzerland in early May. This will include the substantial backlog of mail caused by my departure from CELTIC FROST."