Metal News for May 7, 2008
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24 news articles posted on this day.
HERRATIK is back for their first show in 2008, headlining Lewisham's first all-day metal fest, Lewisham Metal Fest on May 10th @ Lewiham Hotel's Live House (794 Parramatta Road, Sydney). Also playing at the festival are MOTHER EEL, KILLRAZOR, DRED, DAEMON FOETAL HARVEST, ANTONAMASIA, SWORD TOWARDS SELF, INTREPID, STIMULUST and HEAD HAMMER
Doors open at 2pm and this is an all ages event until 9:00pm, at which point it becomes 18 and over after 9:00pm.
One more Fear Dark Festival has been announced for this year. On May 31, 2008 Rock City in Uster, Switzerland will be turned into a great metal party. The Italian power-metal sensation Thy Majestie and Holland's leading black-viking metalband Slechtvalk will perform, together with support. More details will follow soon.
As previously reported, the other Fear Dark Festival in 2008 is set for June 1 in Stuttgart, Germany with Eluveitie and Endstille as a co-headliners. Other bands that are playing include Thy Majestie, Slechtvalk and Finsterforst.
Pahardcore.com/Stereokiller.com will be holding a ten year anniversary show on Saturday, June 14th at St. Michaels Park in Mont Clare, PA. The event starts at noon and the following bands will perform:
Wisdom In Chains
Dead and Buried
Hard To Kill
Not Without Resistance
Northern Kings, Finland’s premier symphonic power metal supergroup, are not your average covers band, featuring four operatic male vocalists performing classic tracks in their own unique symphonic rock style that really must be heard to be believed. The four members are all successful frontmen in their own right; singing in a handful of the biggest Finnish metal acts of recent times - Nightwish, Teräsbetoni, Tarot, Sonata Arctica and Charon. Their new record, "Reborn," will be released in the UK on Monday, June 16, and features critically acclaimed, awe-inspiring covers of Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believing," Tina Turner’s "We Don’t Need Another Hero," Mr. Mister’s "Broken Wings," Billy Idol’s "Rebel Yell," David Bowie’s "Ashes to Ashes," Jethro Tull’s "Fallen on Hard Times," Peter Gabriel’s "Sledgehammer," Electric Light Orchestra’s "Don’t Bring Me Down," Phill Collins’ "In The Air Tonight," Radiohead’s "Creep," Lionel Richie’s "Hello" and Dire Straights' "Brothers In Arms."
For more info and to hear some of their songs, visit the band's MySpace page.
The debut full length of New York City’s death/grind titans, Copremesis, entitled "Muay Thai Ladyboys", is set to be released on Paragon Records mid-May 2008.
The track listing for "Muay Thai Ladyboys" is as follows:
01. Muay Thai Ladyboys
02. Bestial Castration
05. In Silence…Revel In Madness
08. A Poem
09. I Am Envy
The album will also feature the following guest appearances:
Danny Nelson (Malignancy)
William Smith (Buckshot Facelift, ex-Biolich)
Erik Undzuis (Gorged Afterbirth, Seven Gates)
Daniel Olivencia (ex-Biolich)
Copremesis will be playing a number of live shows with Defeated Sanity, Mucopus, Sexcrement:
20 May – Boston, MA @ Great Scott (www.greatscottboston.com)
21 May – New York, NY @ Club Midway (www.clubmidway.com)
22 May – Philadelphia, PA @ The Manhattan Room (www.themanhattanroom.com)
24 May – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest (www.marylanddeathfest.com)
Kataklysm and Martyr will hook up for a few June tour dates in Canada. Here are the tour dates:
6/6 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
6/7 Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
6/8 Quebec City, QC @ L'Imperial
I was happy to hear just a week before this show that Shadows Fall's tour was hitting Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia on April 13, 2008. I had already resigned to missing the tour, which featured a great lineup with Droid, Arsis, The Showdown, and Kataklysm as support, because the Baltimore date was the day before Ministry's final stop in my area, and I'm just too old for back-to-back shows! The April 13 show worked out perfectly, as I really wanted to catch this tour. The show was also on a weekend and I had not been to Jaxx in quite a while, not that I needed so many reasons to go to this show. More...
OPIATE FOR THE MASSES have posted the new track “21st Century Time Bomb” on their MySpace page. This track is off the group’s new album, “Manifesto,” which is scheduled for a July 8th release.
Upon speaking about the song’s origin, vocalist, Ron Underwood states “The track ‘21st Century Time Bomb’ was one of the first songs that Jim (guitars) and I worked on for Manifesto. The title is actually a direct quote from a Metal Edge article- [they called Opiate ‘A 21st Century Time Bomb’ in a review]. So we took that and ran with it; used it as a template for the song itself. The music had to be mechanical and militant, but brash like a guillotine; the soundtrack of a revolutionary uprising. The lyrics had to be the voice of the underdog lit to pop in the face of oppression. Who can't relate to that? Also, to stay on course with the theme, we recorded the song at 120 beats per minute so that the back beat synchronizes with the second hand of a clock (for the time bomb effect) and it happens to be a good, fast-marching tempo. I think it's the perfect opener for our new album.” More...
Veteran Dutch thrashers DEAD HEAD are ready to enter the studio to record their follow-up to 2005's Haatland. Returning to a more vicious rabid thrash approach, the new album "Depression Tank" (working title) is expected to be released in the fall via Displeased Records.
In other news, the band's 1999 thrash classic Kill Division will be reissued by Displeased Records around the same time, with bonus live material.
UK prog-metal giants PORCUPINE TREE have confirmed their first dates in Spain for over 3 years, as part of their European mini tour in October:
10 - Madrid, Sala Heineken
11 - Barcelona, Apolo
12 - Bilbao, Rockstar Live
Tickets available from May 8th at www.ticktackticket.com (phone : 00 34 902 15 00 25). Dates in Portugal are also expected to be confirmed shortly.
The Greek metal phenomenon Firewind, makes their much anticipated return to North America this week as part of the “Tyranny and Bloodshred Tour,” which could be hailed as one of the best guitar-shredder packages of the year. This crushing, headlining trek kicks off on May 9th and also features labelmates Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity and Divine Heresy.
Gus G. comments on Firewind’s return: “So the time is finally here! We are just about to fly over to North America for the ‘Tyranny and Bloodshred’ tour and we're really excited. We're grateful to return to U.S. soil only a few months after our maiden tour, and this time Apollo (vocals) is on board with us. Since we're the first band on the bill, we're hoping that all of you will come down early enough to witness how the Greeks do it. We look forward to meeting you all soon.” More...
Heralded Indianapolis, IN doom metal masters The Gates Of Slumber have posted another new song online from their forthcoming new album, Conqueror. The brand new TGoS track “Ice Worm” can be previewed now at their MySpace page. Conqueror will see a May 27, 2008 North American release date via Profound Lore Records.
The Gates Of Slumber’s Conqueror is a doomy, epic metal pillage. Produced and recorded in full analog at Chicago’s Volume Studios and produced by Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Lair of the Minotaur, Pelican), Conqueror is a mighty plunge that proves true heavy metal doubles as a powerful art form. Crushing riffs brim with melody and solos “wail” as the strong vocals of front man Karl Simon and a storming rhythm section hammer home songs such as “Trapped in the Web”, “Eyes of the Liar”, “The Machine” and the ominous, 4-part heavy metal odyssey, “Dark Valley Suite (i. Black River I, ii. Lines Written with the Knowledge I Must Die, iii. Call of the Black Gods, iv. Black River II). More...
MUNICIPAL WASTE have set up a "surprise" show 7PM this Friday, May 9th at Relax Bar in Los Angeles, CA. This one-off show will be their only west coast gig until July.
For further details on this "surprise" show, go to their Myspace page.
MUNICIPAL WASTE will be touring during the US this summer with AT THE GATES alongside DARKEST HOUR and TOXIC HOLOCAUST.
Tour dates are as follows:
July 9 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
July 10 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
July 11 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
July 12 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
July 13 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
July 14 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
July 15 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
July 17 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
July 18 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
July 21 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
July 23 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
July 24 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
July 25 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
July 26 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
July 27 - Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
Canadian progressive death metallers, Into Eternity, issue the following update about their tour with Symphony X and Epica:
"We just finished our last show w/ Symphony X and Epica and all we can say is that the tour was killer! Everyone from the bands to the crew were super cool. It truly was one of our best touring experiences we've had. We can't express enough gratitude to the Symphony X guys for taking us out and allowing us to play to such a diverse and progressive crowd. We also were amazed to the extent of fans that came out as a result of our exposure with last years Gigantour and the amazing tour we had with Dream Theater." More...
Part 1 of the Contraband Candy 3-part Inferno Festival Special is online, featuring three great interviews with Frost and Ravn of 1349, Obsidian C of Keep of Kalessin and King, talking about Sahg. And that's just for starters. Included in the festival craziness are unique live clips and video plus original live gig photography by Maud of Darkvision Photography.
You can watch Part 1 of the "Inferno Festival Special" here (or below).
Part 2 will be released in exactly a week's time on May 14 and Part 3 will follow on May 21. More...
The following press release has been announced:
On June 16, 2008 Metal Mind Productions will release a new live DVD by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. The material entitled "Once In A Deathtime" [view cover] features an extremely intense show the band gave at the Metalmania Festival 2008, offering metalheads everything FLOTSAM AND JETSAM came to be respected for: brutal non-conformist sound, a slaughter of powerful, furious and perfectly executed thrash riffs, as well as excellent song-writing. With a great selection of songs from their discography, also including such classic compositions as "Doomsday For The Deceiver", "No Place for Disgrace", or "I Live You Die", the band treated their fans to one hell of a ride at this genuine thrash metal feast!
Here is the complete track listing:
Metalmania Festival 2008
03. The Master Sleeps
04. Swatting At Flies
05. No Place For Disgrace
06. Doomsday For The Deceiver
07. Hard On You
08. Fork Boy
09. Never To Reveal
10. Escape From Within
11. I Live You Die
12. Smoked Out
CD (only on limited DVD+CD edition):
03. The Master Sleeps
04. Swatting At Flies
05. No Place For Disgrace
06. Doomsday For The Deceiver
07. Hard On You
08. Fork Boy
09. Never To Reveal
The cover artwork was designed by Graal known from his previous work for VITAL REMAINS, SINISTER, SOLITUDE AETURNUS, BULLDOZER etc. Graal was also responsible for the cover artwork for the ARTILLERY's box "Through The Years" and their forthcoming DVD "One Foot In The Grave, The Other One In The Trash".
New York-based Hardcore veterans MADBALL have posted this message on their MySpace page:
"We've just returned from Europe this past weekend. We played our first four shows with our newest member, Mackie, on drums. The shows went great, and we'd like to thank everyone who came out! This weekend was just a taste of what's to come. We will be returning to Europe twice more this summer, including some additional dates that we will post soon, for August.
Also, we start a short tour this Wednesday with SHAI HULUD, and M.O.D.. Dates are posted on the MySpace site. See you there!!"
Just For Fun
Right now on Spinner.com, you can check out the list of "20 bad songs by good bands" which features rock legends Guns N' Roses, KISS and Aerosmith. If you fancy a good laugh then head over to this location to read the list.
UK-based black metallers AKERCOCKE have issued the following update:
"Akercocke team up with legendary British thrash metal icons SABBAT, supporting them at a show at London's Scala on Sunday, June 8th.
Opening the show are Dublin thrash monkeys GAMA BOMB.
You can also catch Akercocke earlier that week in Birmingham, see the Live section for further details."
Blabbermouth.net reports via The Pulse of Radio: If you're one of the tens of millions of people who saw "Iron Man" this past weekend, you might have noticed that a guard in the terrorist camp where the early part of the film takes place looked a lot like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello. A glance at the cast list during the closing credits confirmed that Morello does indeed make a cameo appearance in the film, although he has no dialogue and gets creamed by the first incarnation of "Iron Man" pretty quickly. Morello also played guitar on part of the film's score, which was composed by Hans Zimmer.
Morello's previous acting credits include "Star Trek: Insurrection" and "Made". The latter was directed by Jon Favreau, who also directed "Iron Man".
The guitarist has also contributed to the scores of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and "Dodgeball".
Morello just completed a stint as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN on the Justice Tour '08 and will hit Europe with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE later this month to begin a series of summer festival shows.
"Iron Man", which stars Robert Downey Jr. as the Marvel Comics super hero, earned more than $100 million at the box office since opening on Friday (May 2), with a sequel already announced for spring of 2010.
British power metallers DRAGONFORCE's webmaster has issued the following update:
"The mighty DragonForce are set for a UK and Ireland tour this September. The tour will follow the release of their as-yet-untitled new album, which is pencilled to hit stores on August 25th.
The band are currently hard at work completing the new album, before heading Stateside in early July for the start of the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour. The package kicks off in early July and is headlined by SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED, with DragonForce bagging a main stage slot right before them.
Meanwhile, DragonForce’s last album Inhuman Rampage, is still romping out of stores on both sides of the pond, thanks in part to the inclusion of lead track, ‘Through The Fire And Flames’ as the ‘most difficult' on the top-selling Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock video game.
Elsewhere in DragonForce news, guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman recently launched their new signature guitars at the NAMM show in Los Angeles. You can check out the details over at www.ibanez.com. Also look out for an exclusive interview with Sam real soon.
Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, April 18th and can be pre-ordered from Wednesday morning (16th) at www.livenation.co.uk." More...
The Bell Center is a pretty good venue in terms of size and sound quality, but for those of us who weren’t able to buy ground tickets before they sold out, the seats were a bit lame. I don’t want to complain, but the bands were really far away – you try headbanging from the stands with five inches of standing room without bashing into the people standing nearly on top of you.
On the other hand, the people-watching in the large arena was excellent, particularly because Megadeth tends to draw metal fans as well as metalheads. By this, I refer to the hordes of young teenage boys flocking to the over-priced merchandise stands to don $40 Megadeth tees as their girlfriends went about in whatever Hot Topic is peddling to the angsty-girl demographic these days. On the opposite end of the spectrum, overweight middle-aged men guzzled down expensive beer and sat in their seats looking bewildered until Megadeth came on. Before I become too disparaging of the crowd, however, I am compelled to note that the enormous pit where people are typically embroiled in hockey battling looked like a great deal of fun from where I was sitting. More...
An official press release for the renowned band had the following to say:
Legendary death metal band Cannibal Corpse has been busy working on the follow-up to 2006's victorious release Kill, which saw the band hit the Billboard Top 200 chart at #170 with 6,049 units scanned, #6 on Billboard's Heatseaker chart, #16 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, #21 on Billboard's Top Hard Rock Albums chart, a coveted spot touring on 2006's Sounds of the Underground, headlining the extremely successful Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour, and multiple tours overseas and dates in Canada and South America.
The new album isn't expected until the fall or winter, so until then fans will be able to get their Cannibal fix with the bands first-ever career retrospective 3-disc DVD, Centuries of Torment The First 20 Years, due out July 2008 via Metal Blade Records.
Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years contains live and rare footage, interviews with members past and present, and loads of bonus material (see track listing below). Documentary and bonus footage directed and produced by Denise Korycki.
DVD 1: Cannibal Corpse History More...
Swedish melodic death metal masters Opeth have announced that they will be coming down under for a five-gig tour in September. The tickets, for all the dates, are on sale as of Friday the 16th of May. The dates are as follows:
Tuesday 2nd - PERTH, METRO CITY
Tickets available at : Heatseeker & Mills, Star Surf, Planet & Beat
Thursday 4th - ADELAIDE, THEBARTON THEATRE (LIC/AA)
Tickets at : Venuetix or ph 8225 8888
Friday 5th - MELBOURNE, PALACE THEATRE
Tickets available at : Ticketek or ph 132 849