Metal News for June 1, 2005
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15 news articles posted on this day.
Launch Radio Networks reports: Dave Mustaine will keep MEGADETH alive for this summer's Gigantour and a couple of archival projects, but the band's future is up in the air after that. Mustaine originally planned MEGADETH's 2004 album, "The System Has Failed", as a solo outing, but used the band name for contractual reasons. Now, he told Launch, he has to decide what to do next. "I still was convinced that this was gonna be the last MEGADETH record," he said. "But, you know, after going out and touring and having these new, wonderful people I'm playing with and this whole new administration that I'm part of, it's just given me a huge, very uncomfortable question mark. Do I go out on top — because MEGADETH certainly is at the top of its form right now — or do I throw the dice again?"
Mustaine says he'll make a decision after Gigantour, a traveling festival that kicks off July 21 in Fresno, California. It also features DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, and others.
MEGADETH will release "Greatest Hits: Back To The Start" on June 28 as both a CD and a CD/DVD set. A separate DVD, "Arsenal of Megadeth", will be released in the fall.
Children of Bodom fansite, Scythes-of-Bodom.com, reveals that in a recent interview with Finnish music magazine Soundi, frontman, Alexi Laiho, revealed that some completely new influences can be heard on the band's upcoming album, "Are You Dead Yet?" He said that the album will be even more straight-forward than their last album, "Hate Crew Deathroll" and that it will have some industrial elements on it in addition to the trademark CoB sound.
In related news, further details regarding keyboardist, Janne Warmen's side project, have been revealed. The third full-length album by Warmen will be called "Accept the Fact" and will hit stores July 6th. On June 8th, a single called "Somebody's Watching Me" will provide us a little preview of the album. It comes with a bonus track called "Faithful Eyes," which can't be found on the album itself. The album will feature guest appearances by Alexi Laiho and Stratovarius' Timo Kotipelto, among others.
Green Carnation will the next two weekends do two gigs for under 18s in their hometown Kristiansand.
The first one of the two will be at the second home of Tchort, Stein Roger and Tommy's early years, namely at the youth club where they all grew up, Tinnheia Ungdomsklubb. The day is Saturday June 4th, and the event is the annual outdoor festival.
The second gig is a warm up for Green Carnation's mini tour of UK and Ireland, on Friday June 9th at Samsen in Kristiansand. This will be a local "Skools Out" organized by Green Carnation, which will include workshops and small courses held by the band-members, sound- and lightengineers themselves.
Upcoming Green Carnation tour dates:
Jun. 04 Tinnheia Ungdomsklubb - Kristiansand, Norway
Jun. 11 Samsen - Kristiansand, Norway
Jun. 15 The Underworld - London, UK
Jun. 16 Nerve Centre - Derry, Northern Ireland
Jun. 17 Voodoo Lounge - Dublin, Ireland
Jun. 18 Nancy Spains - Cork, Ireland
Jun. 20 JB's in Dudley, UK
Jun. 21 Rio in Bradford, UK
Sept. 30 Stenegade 30 - Copenhagen , Denmark
Oct. 01 Prog Power Europe - Barloo, Holland
Oct. 14 Day of the Equinox - Toronto, Canada
Fernando Ribeiro, vocalist for Portugal's Moonspell, has posted the following message on Moonspell's official website:
I reckon May was left out in blank yet nothing really exciting happened anyway besides a few gigs and assorted practises so nobody missed much, really. In any case as I just finished Moon’s new calendar, filling all days up to the end of September (!), I felt it was high time to drop some words to our lunar Infernet community which has been restless these days with mostly petty stuff, unfortunately, that has not go unnoticed by anyone, to the despair of all.More...
Opeth has confirmed that the title of their next album will be "Ghost Reveries." The full tracklisting/titles will be revealed soon as well. The album is expected to be released late summer.
In other news, Opeth has been confirmed to appear at both the Hole in the Sky and Summerbreeze festivals.
The following message has been posted by Tommi (Guitars) on Silent Scythe's official website:
SILENT SCYTHE IS NO MORE! Silent Scythe has been disbanded due to commitment-issues. Unfortunately this means that "Born Into Bondage" won't see the light of day. I wish to thank the fans who actually believed in this crazy circus, contrary to some bandmembers. It feels strange to write this when we were just voted best new band of 2004 in brazilian metalmagazines. But, hey, I've certainly learned not to put this much trust in someone elses hands again. Before I forget: We would like to thank the people who came to our last gig may 20th, YOU GUYS KICKED ASS!!! So this is Tommi, Fredrik, Oge, Peter & Johan signing off!
I travel within
Let the longest journey begin
Dissect what I feel
Till there´s nothing more to conceal
Stare into the cold abyss
It stares back into you
The shackels of denying bliss
Repress the haunting truth
Dreams come true but only for a few
You are free to do as they tell you
You are free to be: Born Into Bondage
Cheers! C'ya under the table
You can now listen to Avenged Sevenfold's new album, "City of Evil," in its entirety at this location. "City of Evil" hits stores next Tuesday (June 7).
Neil Turbin (ex-ANTHRAX) and Alan Tecchio (ex-HADES, WATCHTOWER) are the two vocalists currently in the running for the vacant singer slot in SEVEN WITCHES, according to informed sources. Both vocalists recently appeared on SEVEN WITCHES guitarist Jack Frost's upcoming solo CD, "Out in the Cold", tentatively due in September (Turbin can be heard on "Crucifixation", while Tecchio appears on "Hell or High Water"). Other singers that have lent their pipes to the CD include Terry Ilous from XYZ ("Out in the Cold"), and Ted Poley of DANGER DANGER (cover of APRIL WINE's "Sign of the Gypsy Queen" and "Wasted Love").
Vocalist James Rivera (HELSTAR, DISTANT THUNDER) quit SEVEN WITCHES in April in order to focus on his other projects.
In related news, BRONX CASKET COMPANY — which features in its ranks Frost and OVERKILL bassist D.D. Verni — recently shot a video for the track "Little Dead Girl" from their forthcoming album, due later in the year via Regain Records. The animated video for the upbeat-yet-haunting song is said to be in the style of Tim Burton's work, featuring dark but very tongue-in-cheek characters and imagery.
Tim Heyne, who works at Union Entertainment Group, which manages rock bands such as NICKELBACK, CINDERELLA, OLEANDER and DEFAULT, was shot in the chest by a 38-year-old man with a violent past, who went on a 16-hour rampage in Ventura County (California), killing three people — including a mother who was pistol-whipped in front of her children — and injuring five others before taking his own life Tuesday morning (May 31) inside a Wal-Mart store, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Read the full article at LATimes.com.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE has signed to Trustkill Records. These guys are from Wales, UK, and will release their debut EP on Trustkill this August. Blending epic metal ala Avenged Sevenfold and super catchy hooks ala Thrice, these guys are poised to take over the world. Already playing with your favorite bands such as Eighteen Visions, Atreyu, and more, they will kick off their first US dates this August (details pending).
As preparations are made for the release of their upcoming album CHAPTER V, STAIND will head out on the road with 3 Doors Down, Breaking Benjamin and No Address for a cross-country U.S. tour.
Due out August 9th, CHAPTER V marks the group's fifth album and is the follow-up to the band's 14 SHADES OF GREY. Recorded at Allaire Studios in Shokan, NY and at the band's Springfield, MA rehearsal space, the CD was produced and mixed by David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Mudvayne, Godsmack, Tool). The album's first single, 'Right Here,' is already hitting radio waves and the band will soon be shooting the video for the track.
For now, some lucky fans are getting a sneak preview of the new music. Staind singer Aaron Lewis and guitarist Mike Mushok are in the midst of visiting 16 cities and have invited small groups of fans onto their tour bus to hear a selection of tracks from the album. Mike explains, 'Aaron and I have been out the last couple of weeks previewing the record for fans across the country and the response has been awesome! I really can't wait to get back out on the road and start playing these songs live.'
Staind, Aaron and Mike along with bassist Johnny April and drummer Jon Wysocki, will head out on the road prior to the album's release for a U.S. tour with 3 Doors Down, Breaking Benjamin and No Address. The dates kick off in Manchester, New Hampshire on June 30th and will continue into September. The tour dates are as follows: More...
Cult Sacramento band Will Haven, who split up in 2002, appear to be working on new material, although exactly what form this will take remains to be seen. The band, though, have posted a live version of 'Saga' up at www.myspace.com/willhaven43.
Three live performances from The Agony Scene have made their way online, you can check all of them out here. The bands Roadrunner debut "The Darkest Red" is in stores now.
MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen is currently working on remixes for an upcoming MINISTRY anthology, tentatively dubbed "Rantology", due before the end of the year. In addition, the collection will feature a brand-new MINISTRY track called "The Great Satan", Jourgensen revealed during an online chat on Monday (May 30). Songs scheduled to be remixed for the upcoming set include "NWO", "Bad Blood", "No W", "Stigmata", "Jesus Built My Hotrod", "Unsung" and "Bloodlines". A full transcript of yesterday's chat can be found at MinistryMusic.org.
As previously reported, MINISTRY and its offshoot project the REVOLTING COCKS will be teaming up for a summer 2006 U.S. tour. More information will be made available during the coming months.
REVOLTING COCKS' current lineup includes Jourgensen alongside Phil "Phildo" Owen (SKATENIGS), John Monte (M.O.D., MIND FUNK, DRAGPIPE), Mike Scaccia (RIGOR MORTIS, MINISTRY) and Mark Baker (ex-FEAR, HELLIONS, SHADOW REICHENSTEIN).
MINISTRY recently completed a U.S. tour in support of their latest CD, "Houses of the Molé", available now on Sanctuary Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina" was recorded at El Paso's Sonic Ranch studios and marks the group's first release since the departure of longtime bassist Paul Barker.
Norwegian metal band TRISTANIA have announced the addition of guitarist Svein Terje Solvang to the group's ranks. Solvang, who has played with the band as a session live guitarist on all TRISTANIA tours this year, is "welcomed as a permanent band member," according to a posting on the group's web site.
TRISTANIA had previously announced plans to shoot a video for the song "Libre", the opening track on their new album, "Ashes", in Stockholm, Sweden. Mats Lundberg, who previously directed the group's video for "Heretique" as a "pet project," was slated to helm the new clip.