Metal News for May 6, 2008
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Orange County California's SiX has announced more headlining dates in support their recently released album "Between The War and the Warning." The band will be playing a series of dates throughout southern California in the month of May before launching a full US tour in the summer.
Earlier this year, Six had to cancel a number of scheduled tour dates after drummer Nate Bowers was arrested for allegedly assaulted the singer of a local emo band in Portland, Oregon while back home visiting family.
SiX can be found on the new CD sampler included in the April/May issue of Metal Edge Magazine alongside In Flames and Children of Bodom. The track "Forgiveness" is number 3 on the CD, a song that features Mike Clark from Suicidal Tendencies. The issue has metal legend Max Cavalera and Cavalera Conspiracy on the cover and is on sale now at all major newsstands.
Comprised of members of alt-metal act Drown and former touring members of Cypress Hill and OPM, SiX has hailed as "the modern day crossover metal of Machine Head, Metallica and Fear Factory" by Amp Magazine. SiX's new album "Between The War and the Warning" features appearances by Mike Clark from Suicidal Tendencies and bassist Tony Campos from Static-X and was released on the group's own 1605 Records. Track's from the group's new album can be streamed online at their MySpace page.
Here are the latest SiX tour dates:
May 08 2008 Ridgecrest, CA @ Tommy T's
May 09 2008 Bakersfield, CA @ Element
May 10 2008 Hollywood, CA @ Dragonfly
May 17 2008 Irvine, CA @ Punk Rock Picnic- Irvine Lake
May 24 2008 Costa Mesa, CA @ Alano Club
I Scream Records has announced the signing of the newest Danish revelation, Pilgrimz. On their debut album, "Boar Riders," Pilgrimz brings an amazing combo of Scandinavian metal, dirty rock 'n' roll and modern hardcore. The album is produced and mixed by the magicians, Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Mercenary) and Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick Of It All). The band performs live at Roskilde Festival, SPOT Festival and MTV Headbanger's Ball tour this autumn.
The album will be released on June 23, 2008 in Europe and June 20 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland.
You can check out some of Pilgrimz's material on their MySpace page.
The new album from VENTURIA has just been mastered and a release is anticipated in September 2008. The new album entitled "Hybrid" takes off from where the bands critically acclaimed debut "The New Kingdom" left off, yet shows impressive growth from the band incorporating new sounds and a killer production.
Charly Sahona of the band comments, "We're extremely proud of the result: the production, the song writing and the performance of everybody is a step higher than the previous album. The musical approach is the same as before, a blend between metal, prog, pop, classical, electronic music and the technical parts are even more crazy. The title "Hybrid" , it's a good name to reflect the musical direction, influences and sounds with different styles of music".
"Hybrid" will contain ten new songs:
1. Intro/Will you save me?
2. Swearing lies
3. Be the one
4. Running blind
5. Pearls of dawn
6. Sparkling rain
7. Hottest ticket in town
8. Love gamers
9. Why? / This women's life
10. Sublimated dementia
"Hybrid" was recorded at Artsonikstudios in Switzerland in the winter of 07/08 and you can check all the different steps of the recording on Venturia's official blog.
Blabbermouth.net reports that AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance will take part in a signing session on Saturday, May 10 at Billy Hyde Music in Blackburn, Victoria, Australia between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD was interviewed last month by the "The Men's Room" on the Seattle station KISW 99.9 FM. Listen to the 12-minute audio file at this location.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD filmed its April 10 concert at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California on the recent Taste of Chaos tour for a live CD/DVD package the band expects to make available by Christmas. Singer M. Shadows recently told The Pulse of Radio that the combined audio-video package will also include some of the band's B-sides. In addition, the group will be utilizing the live footage shot at the Long Beach concert to put together a video for the song "Dear God".
Having worked with many record labels over the years, Clutch has decided to just go ahead and started their own. The new label has been named Weathermaker Music, and here's the official word:
"We have started our own label called Weathermaker Music. Look for all future Clutch and Bakerton Group releases on Weathermaker! Look for the first release in late summer 2008. Our first live DVD and a live CD both released the same day! Exact release date to be announced soon."
Wellington, New Zealand band and Debello Recordings artist Akaname is relocating to Melbourne, Australia. Once reunited, they will continue writing new material for a full-length album targetted for a Fall release. In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.
Plagues' "I Am" and Illithed's "Disassembled" albums on Debello Recordings have both been sent for press after some delays for last minute artwork alterations. Both albums are scheduled for a June 10th release but preorders received before May 20th may ship out sooner.
Los Angeles-based rockers RATT are bringing their 25th Anniversary Tour to Ireland, England, Sweden and Spain. Says the band: "We look forward to connecting again with all of our fans on the other side of the pond! See you in May!"
Dates are as follows:
May 30 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
May 31 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
June 1 - Belfast, Ireland - Spring & Airbrake
June 3 - Dudley, UK - JB's
June 4 - London UK - Astoria 2
June 5 - Leeds, UK - Rio's
June 7- Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
June 9 - Bilbao, Spain - Rock Star Live
June 10 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
Boston, Massachusetts technical death metal band Revocation has posted new songs from their upcoming CD, "Empire of the Obscene," on their MySpace page. They've also announced tour dates for their upcoming summer tour, which are as follows:
May 10 2008 6:00P CINCO DE DUDO Allston, Massachusetts
May 23 2008 8:00P American Legion North Berwick, Maine
May 24 2008 8:00P Cherry St. Station Wallingford, Connecticut
May 25 2008 8:00P Mill Hill Saloon New Jersey, New Jersey
May 26 2008 8:00P School of Rock w/ Impaled Downingtown, Pennsylvania
May 27 2008 8:00P Planet Mollie Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 28 2008 8:00P CCAS Baltimore, Maryland
May 29 2008 8:00P The Corpse Fortress Silver Spring, Maryland
May 30 2008 8:00P Artist Underground Cafe Richmond, Virginia
May 31 2008 8:00P Gil’s Bar and Grill Virginia Beach, Virginia
Jun 1 2008 8:00P The Spazzatorium Greenville, North Carolina
Jun 2 2008 8:00P Volume 11 Tavern w/Phobia, Magrudergrind Raleigh, North Carolina
Jun 4 2008 8:00P Collective Showspace Orlando, Florida
Jun 5 2008 8:00P The Shit Shack Tallahassee, Florida
Jun 6 2008 8:00P Little Tree Studios Avondale Estates, Georgia
Jun 7 2008 8:00P Sonny’s Place Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jun 8 2008 8:00P Building R St Louis, Missouri
Jun 9 2008 7:00P The Haunted Basement Des Moines, Iowa
Jun 10 2008 8:00P Ronny’s Center for the Performing Arts Chicago, Illinois
Jun 11 2008 8:00P Small’s Bar and Grill Hamtramck, Michigan
Jun 12 2008 8:00P Dayton Dirt Collective Dayton, Ohio
Jun 13 2008 8:00P TBA NEED HELP Anywhere, New York
Jun 14 2008 7:00P Wasted City Colchester, Vermont
Aug 8 2008 6:00P New England Death Fest @ Club Hell and Jerky’s Providence, Rhode Island
California metallers, CATTLE DECAPITATION, will debut new songs on a week long tour of California. The new songs feature drummer David McGrawm, who was also involved in the song writing process.
Vocalist Travis Ryan commented on the new material
"The guys have been writing like crazy, we're already 4 songs in! I've got lyrics to a couple and we'll be playing 'em at the upcoming shows! All I can say is this new stuff is completely insane. We have reached a new level of intensity that in my opinion completely annihilates anything we've ever done. That goes for the first 2 Cattle records as well! Just too damn intense for words... you gotta come check it out for yourself!"
June 18 Santa Barbara, CA The Jensen Mainstage
June 19 Soledad, CA The Castle
June 20 San Francisco, CA Annie's Social Club
June 21 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
June 22 Westlake Village, CA The Kung Fu Corner
June 23 Hollywood, CA The Knitting Factory
June 24 TBA TBA
June 25 Victorville, CA Club Karma
Michigan based metal band, Besieged, have recently gone through some line up changes. Josh from Besieged comments, “We've gone through a bunch of lineup changes over the past few months, so it's been tricky getting shows lined up. We're no longer accepting myspace auditions, as we'll be turning to our close friends and former band mates for fill-in spots at shows for the time being.”
Josh continues the update with the following statements about cancellations of shows, “We currently have about 3 CDs worth of new material, but we're waiting for a solid lineup before we commit to any one song. Needless to say, shows this summer will most likely be few and far between. We apologize to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us at some of the shows we've had to cancel.” More...
Seether have announced the following headlining US tour dates:
7/6 – Duluth, MN – Pioneer Hall
7/8 – Fargo, ND – The Venue @ Playmakers
7/17 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Mid Hudson Civic Center
7/20 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s
7/23 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
7/24 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Exclusive pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday May 7th at 3PM. you can order these tickets here. For access the username is "Seether" and the password is "Tickets"
Cynic, the famed technical/prog metal band, recently signed to record label Season Of Mist. Here's what Season Of Mist had to say on the catch:
"Season of Mist is really proud to announce that a new cult band just joined the roster. Let's welcome legendary American progressive jazzy death metal band Cynic! Most of the label's team have been a fan of the band's milestone and so far only album, "Focus", so needless to say we at Season of Mist are all extremely excited about this new collaboration.
Cynic frontman Paul Masvidal made the following comment on signing over to the new label:
"We're pleased to be back in business with Season of Mist as our record company. They have tremendous enthusiasm and passion for our work. Our bottom line was a company that understood what Cynic does and believes in it 100%. We found that with SOM. We're deep in the pre-production album process now and will be headed into the studio in a couple weeks to dive even deeper and start the recordings with our talented friend Warren Riker at the engineering / mixing helm. The journey of writing this record has taken Reinert and I to new heights of exploration, straight into the heart of Cynic's soul. We're thrilled to be able to share this new work with the best fans in the world. Stay tuned."
Cynic's debut album for their new label should see a release sometime next Autumn. In the meantime, you can check out a sample of the demo to the new track "Integral Birth" on their official MySpace page. The band is set to enter the studio this Summer with Grammy Award winning producer Warren Riker (Down, Santana) to begin work on their long-awaited follow-up to 1993's "Focus". The album will reportedly comprise eight tracks, and the band is again working with artist Venosa, who created the unmistakeable cover and visuals for "Focus." Live performances, including a special appearance at Wacken Open Air, Germany, on next August 1st, will precede the upcoming album.
Luke Kenny, vocalist and frontman for Australia's The Berzerker, has posted the following blog on the band's MySpace page:
"Firstly we'd like to say a big thanks to all the guys in New Zealand on showing us a great time. Secondly I'm very excited to tell you that we will be launching our brand new record label, "Berzerker Industries," within the next few months. The first release will be our new studio album. (I can't fucking wait!). The only way you'll be able to get hold of this album is by direct mail order via Myspace and our Website. This will not be in stores. Also we will be holding a re-mix competition with the winner getting their re-mixed Berzerker version on our new cd. There will also be re-mixes from some of the biggest names in the gabba/speedcore scene. ROOAAGGGGHH!! I will be posting more info about all of this very soon, so stay tuned.
"Please Enjoy this sneek peak track set to some New Zealand madness. Once again thanks for your support over all these years.
"PS: For UK fans we have been confirmed on the Ghostfest Festival in Leeds on June 29th. We will be adding more UK dates added shortly. Get ready everyone, The Berzerker are gearing up for a very busy few years ahead!!"
As previously reported, June will see Lacuna Coil on their first headlining tour of Australia. Frontwoman Cristina Scabbia seemed excited:
"AAAAAAH!" Hell yeah, that's EXACTLY what I yelled when I heard we were going back to AUSTRALIA!!!!!!! If you know LACUNA COIL you already know how many times we said we had a blast on the Gigantour with MEGADETH and that we were just waiting to come back and kick ass again. This time we get to play more material for you, and spend more time hanging out with everyone in that wonderful place. Now it's the right time, and WE ARE COMING BACK! And trust me, it's gonna be FUN! Love you all, rock on!"
The revised dates for the tour are as follows:
Thursday 19th - Perth @ CAPITOL (18+)
Sunday 22nd - Adelaide @ FOWLERS (All ages)
Tuesday 24th - Melbourne @ BILLBOARD THE VENUE (18+)
Wednesday 25th - Sydney @ THE ENMORE (All ages)
Thursday 26th – Brisbane @ THE ARENA (18+)
Italian metallers, Stormlord, posts another new song on their MySpace page entitled "Neon Karma." The song comes off their new album "Mare Nostrum," which will be released on Locomotive Records on May 23rd.
Stormlord will be posting two more songs from their new album in the next two weeks.
Upcoming Stormlord shows are as follows:
5/31 Verona (ITA) @ Stonehenge
6/28 Bologna (ITA) @ Gods Of Metal (With Slayer, Testament and more)
7/12 Lörrach (DE) @ Baden In Blut (mit Destruction, God Dethroned and more)
ABORTED have posted two new songs, "I35" and "Pestiferous Subterfuge," from their new album, “Strychnine.213,” on their Myspace page.
“Strychnine.213” features cover artwork by Colin Marks.
Aborted will be performing on the Summer Slaughter Tour this year. Click here for dates and information
New Jersey metallers, GOD FORBID will be releasing a DVD entitled "Beneath the Scars of Glory and Progression," which will be released on June 10th. The DVD features a sold-out perform Fance at the Starland Ballroom in the group's hometown, all of their promotional videos, and an hour documentary.
Doc Coyle issues the following comments regarding the DVD, "Hey, it's Doc checking in from the 4th day of the 'In Thrash We Trust' tour with Death Angel, Soilent Green and Light This City. So far it's been a blast. The first two shows were with Testament, and they were excellent. We are sharing a bus with Death Angel and they are really some of the nicest guys I have ever met. There is a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm that they carry with them. Man, do they destroy live! I wasn't too familiar with them before the tour, but I can see why they are considered legends. Soilent Green and Light This City are kicking ass too. Great people and awesome bands." More...
Type O Negative have postponed the first leg of the Jagermeister tour with Kingdom of Sorrow and SOiL until July, which is after the dates with Hatebreed and 3 Inches of Blood.
Rescheduled tour dates are as follows:
7/1 Sayreville, NJ
7/2 Philadelphia, PA
7/3 Cleveland, OH
7/5 Norfolk, VA More...
Prosthetic Records has announce the release of the vinyl edition of LAMB OF GOD’s debut album, "New American Gospel," featuring all 10 songs remastered along with “Nippon,” a bonus track previously only available on Japanese pressings of the record, and three early demo tracks across a double LP gatefold with altered artwork and exclusive poster. The LP edition is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide and is now available online.
Since the 2000 release of "New American Gospel," LAMB OF GOD has gone on to release "As The Palaces Burn" and the "Terror And Hubris" before signing with Epic Records for the band’s next three albums, "Ashes Of The Wake," "Killadelphia," and "Sacrament," as well as the forthcoming DVD release "Walk With Me In Hell," as well as several appearances on Ozzfest and hugely successful headlining tours both Stateside and in Europe.
Originally recorded in 1997 and released on Honey Bear Records,"Nervous Circuits" unveiled the kind of punked-up robotic noise and feverish melodies that anticipated the vast and varied keyboard-enhanced punk/rock stylings of These Arms Are Snakes, The Faint and Death From Above 1979. Featuring former Angel Hair members Sonny Kay (vocals) and Joshua Hughes (guitar) alongside bassist/keyboardist Andrew Rothbard and drummer Dave Clifford, The VSS filtered Black Flag’s nihilism through a litany of crooks, hooks, edges and angularities (and their own light show, as seen on the bonus live DVD) to create “an environment of total saturation of sound, light and motion.”
The VSS began in Boulder, Colorado in January 1995 and ended unceremoniously in July 1997. In that time the band relocated to San Francisco, toured the U.S. twice and Europe/UK once, released a series of 7-inch EPs and issued "Nervous Circuits," its only full-length album.
To this day, The VSS is commonly known for two things, 1) its inventive use of horror-film keyboards, angular guitar, unusual rhythmic shifts and vocal effects in creating a dark, jarring sound that merged punk, goth, psychedelia and experimental rock, and 2) its "crazy" light show, an unprecedented notion for the underground basement show set. These two components are said to be influential on the aesthetics of myriad bands to follow in the decade since the band's demise. Of course, the synthesizer was nothing new in punk rock. However, by the mid-90s, the synthesizer was such anathema to musicians still reveling in the faux-grit of grunge, that to the members of The VSS, adding keyboards to underground noise-punk seemed the perfect prescription for what had become a staggeringly dull scene.
The live footage included on the enclosed bonus DVD has been assembled from VHS tapes traded and distributed by fans over the years. Considering that many of the copies were fifth or perhaps even tenth generation and shot on consumer VHS camcorders at all ages venues, the video content is far from professional. However, the video clips capture the essence of The VSS aesthetic -- to create an environment of total saturation of sound, light and motion within a realm far distanced from the tedious trappings of arena rock posturing and production values. The footage represents a good deal of the disorienting, unnerving and cathartic live experience of The VSS... perhaps an essential component to placing "Nervous" Circuits in context today.
* The VSS members currently play in: Year Future (Kay), Red Sparowes (Clifford), Rabbits (Hughes) and Andrew Douglas Rothbard (solo).
Here is the complete re-issue package tracklisting: More...
The following acts have been confirmed for the UK's Download festival : ARMY OF FRESHMAN, BEAT UNION, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, BIG LINDA, BLACK HOLE, CAIMBO, CRY FOR SILENCE, FALL OF TROY, FIGHTING WITH WIRE, FINGER ELEVEN, FROM FIRST TO LAST, THE GALVATRONS, GLAMOUR OF THE KILL, THE HAZE, LAST SUPPER, MALEFICE, MEXICOLAS, SONS OF ALBION, STONE GODS, ROLO TOMASSI and VOODOO SIX
German thrashers SODOM have updated their live schedule. The dates now read as follows:
30 - Zagreb, Croatia at Zagreb Metal Fest
14 - Wermelskirchen, GermanyAJZ Bahndamm
21 - Clisson, France at Hellfest
3 - Belgrade, Serbia at Castle Fest
19 - Osterode, Germany at Rock Harz
25 - Elmshorn, Germany - Headbangers Open Air
26 - Obersinn, Germany - Eisenwahnfestival
29 - Losheim, Germany at Rock Area Festival
25 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Hellflame Festival
7 - Oslo, Norway - Screamfest
30 - Soest, Germany - Alter Schlachthof
19 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
Crossover thrash artists Short Sharp Shock (SSS) are currently recording a new album. You can check out a video of the band recording the drum tracks at the bottom of the page.
SSS bassist Mark Magill has said, ""We just finished three days tracking drums for the new SSS album and it sounds berserk. Dave pulled out all the stops and we got 30 tracks laid down. It's so much faster, heavier and harder than the first record and we can't wait to get it done and in your mits." More...
Swindon based epic metallers The Scarlet Hourglass have parted ways with vocalist Mat Horrors. The band check in with the following:
"We are now working with new vocalist Sam Ricketts Ex - Eternal Lord,
Mat, decide to leave TSH, we dont really mind to much, you can check out his new band, EVERYDAY HELL, its in the lines of Modern Life is War.
"For Us, We have a few New songs in the pipeline, one has been Demoed Up already, so we are working fast
"We just Recorded 2 weeks ago the track "Last Haunting Words" go check that out!
"Sam, will be Re Writing all the lyrics tho to the tracks we play live, soo dont bother Learning the ones Mat wrote!
"I cant wait to get underway!
"We have had to cancel the 2 shows we have this week. We are really sorry to the Promoters, but its out of are hands."
Full Blown Chaos, Shai Hulud, Elysia, and Woe Of Tyrants will tour the U.S. together this summer. The following tour dates have been announced so far:
7/14 Poughskeepsie, NY @ The Loft
7/16 Buffalo, NY @ The Mohawk Place
7/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stratus Night Club
7/18 Cleveland Heights, OH @ The Grog Shop
7/19 Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
7/20 KeKalb, IL @ House Cafe
7/22 Milwaukee, WI @ Shorewood Legion Hall
7/27 Denver, CO @ the Marquis
7/29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Outer Rim
7/31 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/1 Portland, OR @ The Satyricon
8/2 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
8/6 Hollywood, CA @ The Knitting Factory
8/7 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
8/8 San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
Season of Mist recently announced the signing of ARKAN, led by ex-THE OLD DEAD TREE drummer Foued Moukid. Here is the man's comment on the band's signing to the label:
"Season of Mist is a label well known for the variety and the prestige of its catalogue. ARKAN's first album "Hilal" is a mix of tones and moods, a journey between the magic of the south and the power of the north. It was obvious for us to sign with such a record company. What's more, working with such enthusiastic people about music is more than sharing a professional relationship, it is a human adventure. For all these reasons, we are very proud to work with Season of Mist."
The band's first album is entitled "Hilal" and will hit the stores on June 16th.
One of Stand and Deliver Records' newest additions, Flatline, has just finished recording their debut album "Pave the Way." Flatline guitarist Paulo Guerra states, "Working with Logan[Mader] for this record has allowed our initial vision to explode beyond what any of us could have imagined."
"Pave the Way" is scheduled to be released in early July 2008. In support of their new release, the five-piece thrash metal band will be touring throughout the U.S this summer.
In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's material here.
Manager Jim Guerinot tells Billboard.com that the timing for the free digitial download felt right because "we just put a record out [and] we're going on-sale with tickets."
He adds that Reznor's "been in a prolific phase and we didn't want 'business' to get in the way of getting the art in the hands of the fans. We've looked at the climate and the many advantages of being able to do whatever we want without bureaucracy."
Guerinot also reports to Billboard.com that Reznor "worked again with his team of Alan Moulder and Atticus Ross out of his garage" on "The Slip" and says word of the album came late.
"[Trent] let me know there was some new music coming and the next thing I knew there was a full-length record done. . . . It's very exciting to be finishing mixing on Thursday, mastering Friday, finishing artwork on Saturday and having the world hear it [Monday morning]!"
As previously reported, you can fill out a form to download Nine Inch Nails' "The Slip" for free at theslip.nin.com.
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.
The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.
Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.
Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...