Metal News for May 6, 2007
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17 news articles posted on this day.
Beatallica has posted three news songs on their MySpace page including "RevolOOHtion," which has never been recorded in the studio until now for the CD. The others are updated re-recorded versions of two Beatallica classics: "Sgt Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band" and "For Horsemen."
As previously reported, Beatallica has signed a recording deal with Oglio Entertainment and will be releasing their first actual CD entitled "Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band." The album will contain many of their previously freely released songs, now rerecorded and remastered, as well as some new material. Because of this, you won't find these songs for free download like they used to be - just streaming on their MySpace page.
Beatallica is currently touring in Europe and will be playing gigs back in the US in July.
Former IRON MAIDEN / WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley's previously announced shows in Bristol and Bradford (both England) - originally scheduled for this month - will be postponed. Bristol Bierkeller will now take place on September 6, and Bradford Rios will happen on September 8.
According to a posting on Blaze's web site, "The band is working on the upcoming DVD release, and the schedule for this makes it necessary to postpone these gigs to ensure the highest quality possible of the material. We apologize for the inconvenience caused, but at the same time we hope you still look forward to being indoors with your friends in a warm and cosy athmosphere, surrounded by the best music possible, when the autumn weather outside is terrible."
Metal Mind Productions has set a June 11 release date for Blaze Bayley's DVD. Entitled "Alive in Poland", the disc was recorded at the 21st edition of the Metalmania Festival, which took place on March 24 in Katowice, Poland. Blaze Bayley and his band put on a 90-minute show consisting of the best tracks from BLAZE's discography as well as select cuts from IRON MAIDEN ("Man on the Edge", "Futureal"). The DVD will also include many great bonus features, such as an interview with Blaze Bayley, an interview with all members of Blaze's band (featuring footage filmed during their visit to Poland) and more. A limited edition "Alive in Poland" release will include a CD with songs recorded at the concert.
Blaze Bayley will reunite with his first band WOLFSBANE for three songs after his solo set at the Rock of Ages Festival in Tamworth, England on September 9. Blaze Bayley will release his new solo album in late October. The record will contain 14 new songs and will be supported by "a massive tour 2008/2009, covering over 150 concerts all over the world," according to Blaze's management.
Bayley's new band, now called simply BLAZE BAYLEY, is as follows:
Rico Banderra - Drums
Nick Bermudez (UNDER THREAT) - Guitar
David Bermudez (UNDER THREAT) - Bass
Rich Newport - Guitar
Blaze Bayley - Vocals
Bayley's most recent release, "Blood & Belief" (which came out under the BLAZE banner), was issued in Europe in April 2004. The follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (SABBAT, NEVERMORE, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY).
Luxi Lahtinen of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with Chris Reifert (DEATH, AUTOPSY, ABSCESS). An excerpt from the chat follows:
Metal-Rules.com: First off, it needs to be asked how did you actually meet "Evil" Chuck Schuldiner back in the '80s? When Chuck moved from Canada (he moved to Canada for a brief stint as he was supposed to play on the Canadian SLAUGHTER's debut album which eventually never happened, however) to Florida - and shortly after that to San Francisco, he met you sometime around in 1986, and both Chuck and you recorded DEATH's "Mutilation" demo. Anyway, you were just 17 when you met him - and Chuck was 19. But back to the original question, how and where did you meet him first?
Chris: I was still in high school at the time and had a friend who was a DJ for the school radio station. She told me she was gonna play an ad from Chuck who was looking for band members. I got his phone number from her, called him up and went over to his house. The deal was pretty much sealed right away as I jumped on the chance before anyone else could get a try... ha-ha! Also, I knew about bands like SODOM, BATHORY, POSSESSED, and ARTILLERY which impressed Chuck. This was incredible for me because I had been buying DEATH demos for the past two years and was thrilled that not only would I be playing the songs I knew and loved already, but also some new crushers that went perfectly with the old ones.
Metal-Rules.com: With "Mutilation" demo you landed a deal with Combat Records and you recorded the legendary "Scream Bloody Gore" album that was released in 1987. That album was one of those few albums that were released back in those days (along with POSSESSED's "Seven Churches") that really set the standards for the whole death metal genre, how death metal supposed to sound in the first place - and building up the firm cornerstones around the whole genre musically.
Chris: Thanks for the kind words, man! I still love the sound on "Mutilation"... It came out so dismal and dirty! As for "Scream Bloody Gore", we actually recorded an earlier version in Florida during the summer of '86 that came out so shitty sound-wise, that Combat wrote it off as a mistake and sent us to Los Angeles to do it right. I almost wish I had kept my cassette of the old version to look back on, but I taped over it ages ago.
Metal-Rules.com: DEATH also had this second guitar player named John Hand - and even if he didn't appear on "Scream Bloody Gore", he got his picture on the album. Can you remember why it happened, and how John overall was as a band mate?
Chris: Ah yes, the classic question... We had already recorded "Scream Bloody Gore" and been hanging around with our friend John a lot. He played guitar, so we figured that not only would he work out just fine, but we'd put his photo on the album which was in the process of being put together layout-wise. Combat was supposed to state on the album that Chuck and I played all the music on the album, but they ignored our request, leading to confusion for years. Also, they printed on the inner sleeve: "This album is Don Kaye's folly", meaning that Combat saw us as sort of a joke even though they were putting out the album. Death metal had yet to prove itself at the time and Combat were skeptical about the whole thing, I guess. I have only one copy of the vinyl left and on the inner sleeve where the Don Kaye comment is, I scratched it out and wrote 'fuck you!' over it with a pen. Anyways, back to the John Hand thing, it turned out he didn't work out in the band, but by then the album was already at the printers and it was too late.
Metal-Rules.com: After a short while, Chuck decided to move back to Florida once again, teaming up with the former band mate Rick Rozz, and two members from his band MASSACRE, Terry Butler and Bill Andrews. You decided to stay in San Francisco and form your own band, AUTOPSY. However, I need to ask from you next, didn't you ever even consider moving to Florida along with Chuck, and continue playing in DEATH from there? Can you tell what were the most primary reasons for him to make that big decision and move to Florida eventually? How much actually both you and Chuck discussed about this back then, and do you believe that nobody could have turned Chuck's head about staying in Frisco and about continuing DEATH from there with you?
Chris: Chuck really wanted to go back to Florida to stay. His family, friends and everything else was there, so that's where he wanted to be. He said I could move there and remain in the band, but after living there for the summer I knew that I really didn't want to do that. The heat and humidity was enough reason for me. That shit was brutal for a California guy like me, so I stayed home and started all over again with a new band, AUTOPSY. As fantastic as the DEATH experience was, the decision to stay here was easy for me.
Metal-Rules.com: Why didn't you follow Chuck to Florida back in the day and that way getting a chance to stay in DEATH and make music with him?
Chris: As I said, I couldn't deal with the heat there, plus my family and friends were here, so this is where I wanted to stay. I've never been afraid to start over and this was no exception.
Metal-Rules.com: Chuck continued doing music with a new line-up, and DEATH's second album "Leprosy", was the first fruit of the new DEATH line-up. When the album came out, I assume you also were curious to check it out how it sounded like, correct? Did you like the album, by the way?
Chris: Yeah of course I was curious. I bought it and thought the songs were quite good. The only thing I thought lacking was some excitement on the drums. They were very good, but not a drum roll to be found anywhere. Still, a good heavy album to be sure.
Metal-Rules.com: After Chuck was located to Florida, did you still keep in touch with him from time to time? Or vice versa?
Chris: Yeah, we kept in touch here and there. We bumped into each other at shows a few times and I stayed at his house for a visit in '88 (I think it was). Also, I talked to him right before he died and told him how great the latest VOIVOD album was!
Metal-Rules.com: Chuck recorded 5 other albums after "Leprosy", and I guess it's not any overstatement to say, but each of his albums was hugely praised by both the media and the fans of DEATH. How did you like his later era albums, like "Symbolic" and "The Sound Of Perseverance" that were Chuck's two last studio album with DEATH?
Chris: To be honest, they got a bit technical for my taste. I much prefer the more primitive and savage stuff.
Metal-Rules.com: What was for you the best thing for being a part of one of the most legendary death metal bands? I'm sure you have some good memories about those days, so would you mind sharing some of those experiences with the readers of Metal-Rules.com?
Chris: There are too many great stories to single any out. But we had lots of fun and partied a lot and had a killer time making brutal music. Plus learning about new death metal bands, recording the demo and album... The whole thing was a fuckin' blast.
Read the full article at Metal-Rules.com.
The fifth annual Robot Mosh Fest will take place on Friday, June 29th and Saturday, June 30th at Skate World in Hartland, WI. Below are all the bands confirmed for the fest. More information can be found online, and tickets can be purchased here.
Friday, June 29th - 3pm
The Black Dahlia Murder
A Life Once Lost
Dead To Fall
From A Second Story Window
Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
After The Burial
Tower Of Rome
Lye By Mistake
Shit Outta Luck
Saturday, June 30th - 1pm
Beneath The Massacre
As Blood Runs Black
Veil Of Maya
An End To Flesh
With Dead Hands Rising
Winds Of Plague
Beneath The Sky
Born Of Osiris
Just For Fun
Spinner recently ran a feature on the 20 worst pre-rock star jobs. Many of them are neither "rock" nor deserving of "star" status, but some entries of interest here are:
5. Tony Iommi: Sheet Metal Factory Worker
3. David Lee Roth: Hospital Orderly
2. Jonathan Davis: Funeral Home Embalmer
For more details on these and to check out the full list, read the full article.
THE SHOWDOWN, from Elizabethton, Tennessee, will be going on tour next week to support their current album, Temptation Come My Way. From July 12th to August 30th, the band will be on Ozzfest. Confirmed dates are as follows:
10 - The Dome - Albany, GA
11 - Cornerstone - Orlando, FL
12 - Cornerstone - Orlando, FL
13 - Beta Bar - Tallahassee, FL
15 - Juanita's Cantina Ballroom - Little Rock, AR
16 - The Foundry - Joplin, MS
18 - The Other Side - Tulsa, OK
25 - The Underground - Modesto, CA
26 - The Underground - Roseville, CA
28 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
29 - The Venue - Boise, ID
31 - The Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
1 - The Eagles Lodge - Witchita, KS
16 - Ichthus Festival - Wilmore, KY
27 - Cornerstone Festival - Bushnell, IL
12 - White River Amphitheatre - Seattle, WA
14 - The Gorge - George, WA
17 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Sacramento, CA
19 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
21 - Hyundai Pavilion - Devore, CA
24 - Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
26 - Journal Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
28 - Coors Amphitheatre - Denver, CO
30 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Kansas City, MO
2 - Smirnoff Music Center - Dallas, TX
4 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - San Antonio, TX
6 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - St. Louis, MO
8 - Germain Amphitheatre - Columbus, OH
10 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
12 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre - East Troy, WI
14 - Verizon Wireless Music Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
16 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
18 - New England Dodge Music Theatre - Hartford, CT
20 - Tweeter Center - Boston, MA
22 - Tweeter Center - Philadelphia, PA
24 - Post Gazette Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
26 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
28 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, NC
30 - Sound Advice Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström has posted the following message on his web site:
I'm back! First of all, I am very proud to announce that I am now officially endorsing Seymour Duncan guitar pickups! I'm very excited about this, and I'm still deciding on which models I will use but it's gravitating towards the SH-6b Duncan Distortion Humbucker in the bridge and an SH-1n '59 Model Humbucker in the neck. I'll let you know when it's decided and installed!
"I am appearing in a movie that is up in the theaters in Sweden right now. My part is very small, but still... The movie is entitled 'Hata Göteborg' (Hate Gothenburg). It's quite a funny name for metalheads, but it has nothing to do with the Gothenburg metal scene, but about soccer hooligans. I play a hooligan for the Helsingorg soccer team that fights against the Gothenburg hooligans. The movie is about some young kids trying to find themself and you will only see my head a few seconds in total and I don't have a line, but I had a lot of fun shooting it. I don't know about international release yet and I doubt that it will ever happen, but if you live in Sweden I recommend this movie!"
Belgian death metallers PREJUDICE recently returned to Excess studio in Rotterdam, Holland to begin recording the vocals for their fourth album, due later in the year via Greece's Sleaszy Rider Records. Mixing duties will be handled by Tue Madsen at his Antfarm studios in Århus, Denmark. Artwork will be created by Pär Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, DEEDS OF FLESH, SPAWN OF POSSESSION).
Commented the band: "Erik [vocals] and Chris [Piette; drums] did a great job in the studio last week. The songs that have been done are just awesome compared with the older stuff. One of the new unreleased songs ('Exanimate') will be appearing on the sampler of Deathmetal.be, alongside IN-QUEST, ABORTED and other great Belgium bands presented on this disk of brutality."
Two full-length tracks from NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends DIAMOND HEAD's upcoming "What's In Your Head?" — "This Planet and Me" and "Skin on Skin" — have been posted online on the group's official website.
"What's In Your Head?" was previously described by the band as "a powerful but varied collection of songs." Other songtitles set to appear on the album include "Nothing to Lose" ("an hypnotic track with great lyrics from [singer] Nick Tart"), and "Reign Supreme" ("the heaviest track DIAMOND HEAD have recorded since 'Am I Evil?'").
Germany's SOLEMNITY has announced the addition of guitarists Robin Fischer (ex-HAGGARD, RED TO GREY) and Frank Pané (ex-VALLEY'S EVE, RED TO GREY, BURN) to the group's ranks. The band has written more than two dozen songs for its new album, which it plans on recording this summer.
SOLEMNITY's limited-edition 10-inch vinyl containing a classical version of BATHORY's "One Rode to Asa Bay" backed with a cover of LIZZY BORDEN's "There will be Blood Tonight" was released in January.
SOLEMNITY recorded "One Rode to Asa Bay" with the help of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra at the Ulmer Münster Cathedral in Ulm, Germany, which is said to be the highest Catholic church on earth. "This was the place to call on the ancient Gods and show Quorthon and all the Ases in Valhalla that they triumphed at last," the band said in a statement. "You will hear the original medieval church organ, string quartets, female and male choirs, timpanis, mouthdrums and things you can't imagine. All LIVE from the Ulmer Münster on 64-tracks!!"
Danish thrashers HATESPHERE have launched a diary covering their current tour of China. Check it out at this location.
In other news, HATESPHERE has made its new video, "Forever War", available for download here.
HATESPHERE has just released its new album, "Serpent Smiles and Killer Eyes", in Europe via SPV Records. The CD was mixed by Tue Madsen at Antfarm studios in Århus, Denmark. According to the band, "We decided to focus more on getting a heavy crunchy sound this time, that would suit the somewhat slower songs on this album, and the guitars are crushing!!! 'Serpent Smiles and Killer Eyes' has taken us in a slightly different direction — of course, still with the main purpose of making your ears bleed, haha, but this time we went for a more mid-tempo approach to finetune our sonic attack."Two songs from the CD — "Let them Hate" and "Floating" — are available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Hoods will hit the road this month for some touring. The following tour dates have been confirmed:
5/10 Oakland, CA @ The Metro w/ Terror
5/11 Orangevale, CA @ Post 3045 w/ Killing the Dream, CDC
5/12 San Jose, CA @ Club MACLA w/ CDC
5/13 Stockton, CA @ Torino's w/CDC
5/17 Fresno, CA @ PizzaLand
dates w/ Blood Stands Still
5/18 Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Center
5/19 San Diego, CA @ Adams Hall w/ Life or Death
5/20 Newport Beach, CA @ Hogue Bar Michaels
5/21 Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation 2 w/ Life or Death
5/22 Kingman, AZ @ Kingman Community Foundation w/ Life or Death
5/23 Espanola, NM @ Teen Center w/ Life or Death
5/24 Lubbock, TX @ The Way
5/25 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Compound
5/26 McAllen, TX @ Nikki Rowe
5/27 San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom w/ Life or Death
5/28 Victoria, TX @ CWV
5/29 Lewisville, TX @ Fat Daddy's Sound Shack
6/1 Lee's Summit, KS @ Lakeland Community Church
6/2 Denver, CO @ Sox Place
6/3 Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November
Vocalist/bassist Steve Rowe of the Australian Christian death metallers MORTIFICATION has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"As it stands today, it looks quite definite that we will tour in the U.S. and Europe in October and November. However, nothing is 100% just yet. Tour costs may push the release of [the] 'Live Humanitarian' [DVD] into early next year. This is why we are presenting the special half-price offer on the reissue DVD.
"The Soundmass digipak re-issue of the '91 self-titled album has now been put forward to early July. However, their re-print of the classic 'gory' cover MORTIFICATION t-shirt is now available at the Soundmass.com store."
Rowe previously stated about the upcoming "Live Humanitarian" DVD. "The audio sounds MASSIVE! It was recorded live at the deluxe but intimate Imax Theatre in Perth, Australia late last year. It is a MORTIFICATION 17-year celebration featuring 24-track digital live recording and a seven-digital-camera shoot. It will be coming out in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. This is the first full-length MORTIFICATION show ever to be done this well. 'Live Planetarium' (1993) had only half the show on video (now re-issued and available on DVD) and the full show was only on the CD. This is a huge undertaking but with seven cameras and Surround Sound, it will surpass any past official MORTIFICATION releases."
MORTIFICATION's twelfth studio album, "Brain Cleaner" was released in 2004 through the Rowe Productions label. The follow-up to 2002's "Relentless" was described at the time as "the heaviest project the band has recorded in 10 years" and was said to be "a lot more of a death metal/grind-orientated album but with plenty of power and thrash metal mixed in to keep it interesting and multi-dimensional."
Singer Björn "Speed" Strid of the Swedish metallers SOILWORK recently finished laying down vocal tracks for the group's new album in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the help of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mastermind Devin Townsend. He has since issued the following update:
"I'm back in Sweden now after finishing the vocals. I had a blast recording the vocals with Devin, even though I pulled three muscles on the side of my torso from all the singing… crazy! Well, I tell you, I'm very pleased with the result! Thanks a bunch, Dev, for a good time in Vancouver!
"In order to get some rest, I went to Phoenix before heading back home. I also had the chance to go to Tucson and watch NASCAR. My dear friend and SOILWORK fan Stormin' Ron Norman was racing and won that night; what a blast! He has one big SOILWORK sticker on both sides of his car, so I can proudly announce the official SOILWORK mobile!" More...
TESTAMENT's previously announced Russian dates, which were scheduled to take place in early July, have been postponed. The new dates have not yet been announced.
TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy, bassist Greg Christian, and guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, alongside ex-DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker, have finished writing more than half a dozen songs for the group's long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering". Tracking is scheduled to begin in June. "Working hard with Nick on some new ideas and some cool old-school styles [that are] coming together really killer," Peterson said in a statement. "It's been a long time coming," Billy added. "This new album is like a good wine: You throw in the grapes and crush."
AFTER FOREVER have added North American dates to their official tour schedule, finally confirming the routing that was originally announced on April 17th. No changes have been made. This will be the band's first ever North American tour.
Due to the North American tour the band has been forced to cancel their scheduled appearance at the 2007 edition of the Metal Female Voices Festival in Wieze, Belgium, set for October 19th and 20th.
After Forever's 2007 tour schedule is currently as follows, with more dates due to be announced soon:
3 - Waalwijk, Holland - Power2Move Festival
8 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
9 - Leicestershire, UK - Download Festival
15 - Dordrecht, Holland - Bibelot
16 - Biddinghuizen, Holland - Fields Of Rock
23 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
29 - Zwolle, Holland - Hedon
6 - Osterode am Harz Germany - Rock Harz
15 - Vizovice, Czech Republic - Master Of Rock Festival
22 - Deurne, Holland - Walhalla Festival
16 - Dinkelsbuehl, Germany - Summer Breeze Open Air
25 - Enschede Holland - Geuzenpop Festival
1 - Hilversum, Holland - Tagrijn (buitenpodium)
8 - Tiel, Holland - Appelpop
6 - Atlanta, GA - Progpower
7 - Nashville, TN at The Muse
9 - Houston, TX at The Meridian (with SONATA ARCTICA)
10 - San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit (with FINNTROLL)
12 - Cedar Falls, IA at The Reverb
13 - St Paul, MN at Station 4
14 - Mokena, IL at Pearl Room (with OVERKILL)
15 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody's Down Under
16 - Toronto, ON at Opera House
17 - Ottawa, ON at Mavericks
18 - Montreal, QC at Club Soda
19 - Bedford, NH at Marks Place
20 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx
21 - New York, NY at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (with Overkill)
A video clip of Swedish metallers NOCTURNAL RITES performing the new song "Never Again" at the Gates of Metalbåten festival, which took place April 26-27 on the Silja Festival ferry (which traffics the Baltic Sea between Stockholm, Sweden and Turku, Finland), has been posted at YouTube. More...