Metal News for June 14, 2006
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LAMB OF GOD have scheduled several international dates including the following:
Oct. 15 - Tokyo, JPN @ Loud Park 06
Oct. 17 - Brisbane, AUS @ TBA
Oct. 18 - Sydney, AUS @ TBA
Oct. 19 - Melbourne, AUS @ TBA
As previously reported, LAMB OF GOD will be teaming up with SLAYER, IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED for the "Unholy Alliance Chapter II: Preaching To The Perverted" European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in late October.
LAMB OF GOD's new album, "Sacrament", is scheduled for release on August 22 via Epic. Produced by Machine (CLUTCH, KING CRIMSON, PITCHSHIFTER, 18 VISIONS, EVERY TIME I DIE), the CD's first single, "Redneck", will hit radio this summer. Plans exist for the band to film a video for the song with director Bill Fishman (EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, GOOD CHARLOTTE).
LAMB OF GOD began recording "Sacrament" on April 3 in New York with producer Machine (BLOODSIMPLE, WHITE ZOMBIE), who also helmed the group's 2004 effort, "Ashes of the Wake".
In a recent interview with MTV.com, LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton had the following to say about the upcoming CD, "The music's influenced by what the five of us are listening to, what we're writing about, the context in which we're writing, our lives and our experiences," he explained. "We made a deliberate effort not to be so politically motivated this time. We still care about and think about those things, but at this point, creatively, we wanted to step out of that for a moment, and address some other things. So the lyrics are more introspective and more personal, and I think just about anybody will relate to them. Not everybody pays attention to the war or politics."
Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following message on their official web site:
"We can now confirm that we'll be working with acclaimed Danish producer Tue Madsen for the next album. The effort will be mixed in his Antfarm studio, while the actual recording will take place in different premises here in Sweden. Drums will be set to tape at the old Studio Fredman, while guitars, bass, vocals and electronics will be immortalized at Rogue Music.
"The album is as yet untitled, but some working titles (that may or may not change) are 'Blind at Heart', 'The Lesser Faith', 'InsignifiCunt' and 'The Plunge'."
DARK TRANQUILLITY recently completed a North American tour with OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND and DEVILDRIVER in support of "Character", their highly acclaimed latest album that brought these originators of the famed Gothenburg scene back to the forefront of the genre. "Character", recorded once again at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY), has also been praised as their most groundbreaking yet as it retains all of the band's classic elements and thought-provoking lyrical content while blending the perfect amount of unrelenting aggression and melody.
SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio has commented on the recent announcement by Displeased Records that they will be reissuing some of the band's early classics — "Illusions/Chemical Exposure" (1988), "Swallowed in Black" (1990) and "A Vision of Misery" (1992) — in a remastered form, featuring bonus material, lyrics and biography.
Said DiGiorgio: "As far as the reissues [are concerned], there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. But I'm not so guarded about it. The situation is that Roadrunner Records owns the rights to those three albums for 20 years after the deal starts for each album, so 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively. Displeased Records paid whatever they were required, and will continue to pay out to Roadrunner in order to re-release all three. By Roadrunner owning the rights still, they are not doing anything outside of the contract we signed with them to do something like this. Displeased Records will make money off of the sales, sure. But they are obligated to pay Roadrunner a royalty rate, and after production costs, I don't think it's enough to agonize over.
"The way I see it, is that our music is getting more readily available to the old fucks and new young fucks that have been scanning, and overpaying on eBay to get it. All of this wouldn't be happening if we didn't stoke the embers and revitalize ourselves. The reissue demo CD, the Santiago DVD, the new album, the shows, the upcoming DVD, and now the reissued Roadrunner albums...all in the last two or three years. In the big picture, it's all brought SADUS back to life and got people talking about us again, wanting to book us more, and listening to our music again...maybe more than ever.
"Displeased is willing to take a risk of cost to sales on our modest trilogy of thrash albums that never made such a huge splash in the sea of metal. I view it as a compliment to our staying power that they would even pay attention to us. If they were only money-hungry, trust me, they would go after a band that would pose a better possiblilty to generate a substantial profit. Their intentions are good, and no blame should be put on them for our shitty deal that we signed with Roadrunner — or less modestly — the deal that Roadrunner knowingly tricked us and many bands into. In fact, props should be garnered to them for beating out our current employer, Mascot, for the rights and opportunity to re-release to what some call 'cult albums.' Be careful not to confuse ethusiasm with greed.
"If I haven't persuaded you yet, then I guess you can start some kind of Displeased boycott on some website or something. But legally, nothing is being waged against us. Money people potentially make off of us vs. fans that breathe life into our mostly stagnant band is a fair trade-off, in my mind."
Last week West Virginia's Gods announced their break-up. Formed in 2004, the band, which featured former Zao drummer Jesse Smith, released material with Hand Of Hope Records. The move comes directly on the heals of drummer Bobby Green leaving the band.
Genghis Tron will be on tour for most of the summer. Following the tour, the group will relocate to Philadelphia. Here are the tour dates: More...
The Chariot's Keller Harbin (guitar, vocalist) and Joshua Beiser (bass) have quit the band. According to the group, "it is something they felt they had to do." Now joining The Chariot as replacements are Dan Eaton and Jon Terrey. Comments frontman Josh Scogin, "Obviously, we love Keller and Beiser and we wish the best for them, but we respect their decision and we look forward to see what is to come."
Cessation Of Life are currently writing the follow up to "The Glory Of The World Is Passing" CD and are currently recording some working tracks in Los Angeles. "Avenger Of Blood," penned by guitarist Travis Anderberg is a real crusher. The band has performed the song live a hand full of times to rave reviews from the fans. Other songs set to be recorded are "Into Pieces" and "Life In Camarillo." The later was written by Chris Violence after a trip to Camarillo Metal Hospital (now closed). Violence went to the defunct facility to video tape the history of the complex. His video diary is available for download at his MySpace page.
Fans can expect finished recordings possibly by the end of the year. You can check the band's website for summer tour dates.
As Underoath prepare for the June 20 release of "Define The Great Line", MTV2's "The Leak" is now streaming the entire album online. The surrealistic video for "Writing On The Walls" --the band's first single, arriving at Modern Rock and Active Rock radio on June 27--can also now be viewed online. The video—helmed by Popcore Films--has debuted via an all-day premiere on MTV2's "Unleashed" and was added to Fuse as well.
In other TV news, Underoath are the special guests for MTV2's "T-Minus Rock" show airing all this week. Meanwhile, look for Underoath to host MTV2's "Headbangers Ball," airing Saturday, June 17. The band will also guest host the official Vans Warped Tour kick-off episode on Fuse TV's "Steven's Untitled Rock Show" airing June 14th. Fans can also tune in to Fuse to catch the band's special half-hour documentary titled "Making Of Define The Great Line," beginning next week and airing five times during the week of June 19.
Meanwhile, Hot Topic has come on board with Underoath after a successful chain-wide (675 stores in all 50 states) listening party last week that marked the first such event in the chain's history. As part of the band's partnership with Hot Topic, they'll participate in a June 20th in-store signing in their hometown of Tampa, FL while in the midst of their summer trek as a headlining main stage act on the Vans Warped Tour from June 15-August 13. The Hot Topic affiliation also encompasses storewide programs such as chain-wide mallway signage, listening stations and front of store displays.
Crafted with the help of Atlanta-based producer/drummer Matt Goldman--who helped pour the rhythmic foundation--and Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, the genre-defying "Define The Great Line" is a mind-blowing and cohesive album. While marking an artistically dark turn for the band, it remains undeniably accessible. "Define The Great Line" marks the follow-up to their 350,000-selling indie smash They're Only Chasing Safety, which has been on the Billboard new artist chart for 104 weeks—no other rock record currently on this chart has had a longer run than this.
Underoath will be touring on the Vans Warped Tour 2006 beginning this week in Columbia, Maryland. Also look for the band to round out their year by touring in many of the 27 countries releasing "Define the Great Line."
Underoath on the Vans Warped Tour 2006: More...
According to the venue's website, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Unearthly Trance Facedowninshit, and Fuck the Facts will be performing at El Torreon in Kansas City, MO on September 6th for what is being billed as the Relapse Records Contamination Tour. More details on the tour are expected the be announced shortly.
Satyricon have posted the video for their first single, "K.I.N.G.", off their new album, "Now, Diabolical". You can watch the video here.
Satyricon's "Now, Diabolical" was just released in the U.S. on June 13 and was released in Europe in April.
As previously reported, Satyricon frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven was recenlty ordered to pay 97,000 Norwegian kroner (approximately $16,000) in legal fees after his lawsuit against the VG newspaper was thrown out of court. Wongraven filed a lawsuit against VG after the newspaper published a story suggesting that members of SATYRICON were charged with rape. The VG article was accompanied by a close-up photo of Wongraven, with a disclaimer that Wongraven had nothing to do with the incident.
Grave, Dismember, and Entombed have decided to team up this November for a European tour.
Grave commented on the tour by saying that the bands will "team up to bring you a night of the best metal Sweden has ever had to offer. The package is an idea that all four bands has planned and prepared in the past months and finally we are doing it. Dates and more info will be announced shortly. Prepare for a night to remember..."
Chimaira have posted their cover of Metallica's "Disposable Heroes" on their Myspace page. You can listen to the cover track here.
As previously reported, Chimaira recently parted ways with Roadrunner Records and are seeking a new record deal.
The organizers for the annual Maryland Deathfest have released the following initial update on next year's show:
"Maryland Deathfest V will take place on May 26 and 27, 2007 and will return to the same venue at Sonar (Baltimore, MD). Be sure that we will come back with an amazing billing of bands to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the festival!"
"Soon we will be ready to announce the first few bands confirmed for the next festival, then additional band announcements will be made over a period of several months. Tickets are expected to go on sale at the same time as previous years, most likely in December."
"Not much will change with our approach, except we will probably have a total of 28 bands in 2007 in comparison to the 32 in 2006. This will allow for the headliners to be scheduled a bit earlier. Doors will also likely open slightly later than in 2006."
GOAT HORN bassist/vocalist Jason Decay has issued the following statement:
"Brandon Wars and Jason Decay will no longer carry on as GOAT HORN. After years of working together the obstacles in our path to our goals has brought everything to a stand still. Instead of working together with the constant frustrations, a descision has been made and Jason Decay and Brandon Wars [guitar] have gone their seperate ways.
"To all the fans and friends that have supported GOAT HORN through out the years; all is not lost. Through the ashes of this conclusion to the GOAT HORN legacy, Decay and Wars' new music ventures will continue in seperate directions. Jason Decay, along with Al Biddle (drums) will continue on down the GOAT HORN path as CAULDRON once a new guitar player is enlisted.
"It was not an easy descision to make. Although everything came to head at the last show. Sort of like breaking up with a really hot chick that's a psycho. Like she's so hot and you love banging her but in the end you hate the person she is or the person you have become.
"Fan support has been a tremendous fuel for the fire that had inspired GOAT HORN to give back ten fold and has never and will never be taken for granted. I personally feel terrible about what has happened and I am very sorry to every loyal individual of our legion. I never wanted to let anyone down and hopefully this never happens again. Everyone's encouragement and understanding is greatly appreciated in this matter."