Metal News for May 7, 2006
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11 news articles posted on this day.
There is a rare type of seed that is planted within the breeding grounds of the underground metal scene that can bloom into a true metal act with the ability to straight up show honor to the great extreme metal bands before it and still push the boundaries of heavy music as it now moves forward Post-Dimebag Darrell. Detroit, Michigan's hellspawn South Gate is just that very kind of band. A dangerous mixture of old Sabbath and Slayer, this group's been delivering now a very mean and death-grinding brand of old school thrash metal to metalers all throughout the currently thriving Michigan metal scene. They are right now clearly one of the top underground metal acts, and I jumped at the chance to interview their beer slamming and pick hand swolen bass player, Treadway. More...
Despite Internet rumors to the contrary, HYPOCRISY will NOT be part of the fall North American tour with FEAR FACTORY, SUFFOCATION and DECAPITATED, according to a posting on the band's official web site.
HYPOCRISY recently completed a North American tour with NILE, SOILENT GREEN, RAGING SPEEDHORN, DECAPITATED, and WITH PASSION in support of their 2005 acclaimed release, "Virus".
Upcoming HYPOCRISY shows:
Jun. 24 - Nummirock Festival - Nummijärvi, FIN
Jul. 22 - Metalcamp Festival - Tolmin, SLO
Aug. 11 – Party.San Open Air Festival - Bad Berka, GER
WINTERSUN, the band led by former ENSIFERUM singer Jari Mäenpää, have posted the following message on their official web site:
"We entered the studios [on May 2]. The day went setting up the drums, changing the drumheads, miking the drums, making the basic drumsound and Kai playing too fast all day long (and driving Nino crazy). Jiiiihhaaaaa! [On May 3] we [started] the actual recordings.
"In this studio session we will be recording only the drums, rhythm guitars and bass. I [Jari] will continue recording the vocals, solos and synths/samples at my home 'studio'/rehearsal place during the summer. The melody/acoustic guitars I will be recording with Teemu. The mixing will take place in autumn and the release is scheduled for the end of this year.
"The album will be called 'Time' and the track titles are:
01. Sons of Winter and Stars
02. Land of Snow and Sorrow
05. One with the Shadows
07. Silver Leaves
"Seven epic songs and quite long ones, over 65 minutes of material. It's a theme album. The music has some new dimensions, but has also the recognizable 'WINTERSUN style.' So hopefully you will stay patient, the wait will be worth it!"
WINTERSUN's music has been described as a mix between early AMORPHIS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, FINNTROLL and ENSIFERUM.
World Entertainment News Network is reporting that TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan is planning his touring schedule around his new vineyard's harvesting and bottling because he insists on being part of the process. The eccentric rocker launched Merkin Vineyards in Sedona, Arizona last year and his first attempt at winemaking, the limited edition Primer Paso, has been a sellout.
And now the wine connoisseur is hooked on his new hobby and insists on scheduling all records, promoting and touring around the winery's most important weeks.
He says, "The guys know that I've gotta be in Arizona for the harvesting and processing, and then I'll need to be back there again for the bottling. We'll be working our touring schedule around it."
Keenan plans to release a 2004 Nagual de la Naga and a 2004 Nagual del Sensei, as well as a new Primer Paso under his Caduceus Cellars trade name later this year.
A video clip of ALICE IN CHAINS performing the song "Would?" with ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo on March 10, 2006 at the taping of the VH1 Classic series "Decades Rock Live!" has been posted online at YouTube.com.
ALICE IN CHAINS played five songs on as part of a "Decades Rock Live!" tribute to HEART. The episode officially premiered on May 5 but the final 90-minute program only included two songs from AIC ("Would?" and "Rooster").
Anselmo sang two songs with the group (Would? and "Them Bones"), while COMES WITH THE FALL frontman William DuVall performed another two and dueted with HEART vocalist Ann Wilson on "Rooster".
ALICE IN CHAINS recently confirmed the five dates and cities for its U.S. mini-tour, beginning on May 18 in Los Angeles and ending on May 23 in New York City. The shows will all take place in either small clubs or theatres.
These gigs and a previously announced date at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August are the only announced North American shows for the reunited group so far, with European festival dates on tap for June and July.
As previously reported, ALICE IN CHAINS will be joined on vocals by DuVall. However, surprise guest vocalists and musicians are expected to show up at each of the five U.S. dates.
Steve Rogers of Reality TV World has issued the following report:
CBS announced Friday (May 5) that "Rock Star: Supernova", this summer's new edition of the Mark Burnett-created "Rock Star: INXS" reality talent competition that the network aired last summer, will premiere on Wednesday, July 5 at 8PM ET/PT. A special Thursday broadcast of "Rock Star: Supernova"'s second episode will follow the next day's premiere of "Big Brother 7: All-Stars", after which "Rock Star" will settle into its regularly scheduled Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT and Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT time periods.
As previously announced, "Rock Star"'s second season will look for a lead singer for SUPERNOVA, a newly-formed band comprised of MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer (and former NBC reality show star) Tommy Lee, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, and ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke. First season co-hosts Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke will both return for "Rock Star"'s second edition.
Read the full article at Reality TV World.
Razorback Records have posted a new GHOUL track, "As Your Casket Closes," from their soon-to-be-released new album entitled "Splatterthrash." This is in addition to the previously posted "Gutbucket Blues" on the band's MySpace page.
Hamilton, Ontario, shredders Threat Signal will release their North American debut, "Under Reprisal," August 22. The disc was produced by Fear Factory guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers in Los Angeles last fall. Threat Signals recently shot a video for "Rational Eyes" in New York with director David Brodsky (the Red Chord, God Forbid).
Threat Signal inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records late last year. Their music can be described as "low-end, syncopated thrash, with melody intertwined," according to a press release. You can hear a couple of their songs on their MySpace Page.
Italy's ZORA are in the studio right now finishing up their upcoming full lentgh entitled "Gore" which is set to release this Fall.
Junichiro Shiozaki of The Daily Yomiuri is reporting that theater troupe Shinkansen will perform "Metaru Makubesu," a heavy metal version of William Shakespeare's play "Macbeth," from later this month until July at venues in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
The play is set in two different periods - the year 2206 and the 1980s, when heavy metal was enjoying a boom - and is an adaptation of Kazuko Matsuoka's Japanese translation of the famous tragedy.
"Metaru Makubesu" will be accompanied by live heavy-metal music blasting out at top volume - an indispensable part of the Shinkansen stage style.
Kankuro Kudo helped with writing lyrics for the songs, which also feature an element of comedy.
"'Macbeth' goes well with heavy metal sound since it is associated with high drama. It's easy to put to music," producer Hidenori Inoue said. "This adaptation is really a musical in which the story is driven by the music."
Read the full article at Yomiuri.
Contrary to rumors, Bitter Tongues have not broken up. However, guitarist Jason has left the band to pursue his other band, Idle Kids. States the band:
"The decision to part ways was mutual, amicable and we wish him the best of luck. While we know replacing Jason will be difficult, we're slowly working in a new guitarist and hope to be playing live again soon."
Meanwhile, the Bitter Tongues hopes to record a new album this summer, though a release date and record label have yet to revealed.
In related news, Richard and Zach have formed a new band called Coptic Times with members of Iron Age and HoldxFast.