Metal News for June 16, 2008
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16 news articles posted on this day.
ULVER has posted a cover version of PRINCE's "Thieves in the Temple" on their official MySpace page."Thieves in the Temple" was originally released on Prince's 1990 "Graffiti Bridge" album, with the song hitting 6 on the US charts.
For the cover, ULVER collaborated with female soul singer and WYCLEF JEAN protégée, SIRI STRANGER. The boys downplay their own participation, and relation to Prince, with the following statement: "Prince is not our familiar, but we appreciate his spirituality and sensibility, manifest in this song. We are thieves in his temple."
Their song is part of a massive 81-track, 5-CD tribute titled, "Shockadelica: 50th Anniversary Tribute To The Artist Known As Prince" (C+C Records)
Info on the label website about the release reads: "An overwhelming compilation by the finest Norwegian artists doing their all-time favourite Prince songs. Shockadelica is a genre-breaking compilation where all musical categories are represented. We have gathered Norway's finest jazz musicians, heavy metalists, pop, electro, rock, country, blues, gospel choirs, Norway's most famous boy choir, avantgarde, soul, funk, jazz-rock, noise, humourists, singer/songwriters, hiphop-producers, Prince cover bands and dance artists. Even the national symphony orchestra KORK is represented. This is more than just a Prince tribute album. This is actually EVERYTHING the Norwegian musical scene has to offer 2008. All is made with love to the world's greatest artist ever, Prince. The 5 CD-compilation is one time offer, 5000 copies limited edition only."
You can get the full tracklisting and artists involved here.
ULVER released "Shadows of the Sun" in October last year via THE END RECORDS.
Albany, NY's Heal These Wounds has signed with Hotfoot Records. The band will enter North Sea Studios with Brett Portzer (Recon) in August to record a full-length album, tentatively due out in October. In the meantime, you can listen to some of the band's demo material here.
UK-based melodic power metal act Power Quest has announced that former Cellador and current Coldera guitarist Bill Hudson has been recruited into the Power Quest ranks.
PQ Mainman Steve Williams comments: "I'm absolutely ecstatic with this news! I've been good friends with Bill for a couple of years now and we have often talked about working together in some shape or form and now we have the perfect opportunity to do just that. As well as being a fantastic guitarist, Bill is also a great songwriter too which means this is going to benefit the band on a number of levels. Welcome aboard brother!"
Bill adds: "We've always talked about doing something together at some point, but the closest we've got to it was my guest solo (in the song The Vigil) on the new record. When I left Cellador, I had no idea I would end up being in Power Quest. So I'm really excited about it, as it's a great band, my style will fit right in and they have one of the best guitarists in current metal, Andrea Martongelli. It'll be a pleasure to be the other 50% of this killer guitar duo! I look forward to meeting the fans during the Master of Illusion tour!"
Power Quest is currently booking a UK tour for later this year to promote their latest release, "Master of Illusion," which has successfully been launched worldwide via Napalm Records / Avalon Marquee (Japan). The album has already been nominated in numerous magazines and webzines for album of the year and shot right to number 8 in the Japanese HMV charts in the 2nd week after the release.
My America Is Watching Tigers Die will kick off a month long US tour this week in anticipation for their upcoming new album, "Stone Age." In addition to the previously posted new track, "Brown Concrete," the band has also posted "Xanax Zombies" to their MySpace page. The album hits stores on July 8.
Here are the latest My America Is Watching Tigers Die tour dates with Romans (from 6/17-7/12):
06/17 Frederick, MD @ Krasner's
06/18 Jeannette, PA @ The Keynote
06/19 Pittsburgh, PA @ Games N At
06/20 Buffalo, NY @ 1032 Elmwood
06/21 Mayville, NY @ Hartfield Bay Cafe
06/22 Oakwood, IL @ Mooselodge
06/23 St Louis, MO @ Lemp Arts Center
06/24 Malta Bend, MO @ Br. Migstuff's
06/25 Omaha, NE @ The Rox
06/28 Denver, CO @ The Blast-O-Mat
06/29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Broken Records Bar
06/30 Great Falls, MT @ Black Eagle Community Center
07/01 Boise, ID @ Myrtle Morgue
07/02 Seattle, WA @ West Seattle Legion Hall
07/03 Seattle, WA @ The Greenhouse
07/05 San Francisco, CA @ Balazo Gallery
07/07 Hermosa Beach, CA @ Suzy's Bar and Grill
07/09 Tucson, AZ @ The Living Room
07/10 Anthony, TX @ Main Street Project
07/11 Lubbock, TX @ Whiskey Dix
07/12 Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
07/13 Tulsa, OK @ The Monolith
07/14 Hot Springs, AR @ The Exchange
07/15 Jefferson City, TN @ Coffeez
07/16 Richmond, VA @ Ramakins
07/19 Wilmington, DE @ The Harmony Grange
*If you can help fill any TBA dates above, please email mmaatthheewATgmail.com.
Death Angel's Mark Osegueda and Rob Cavestany sat down with The Voice Connection to discuss singing, song-writing and their brand new CD "Killing Season." Here's an excerpt:
Valerie: First of all, thank you for accepting to do this interview. I’m going to dive right into the singing related questions because I know you don’t have a lot of time. How would you define your singing styles? Obviously Mark is the lead singer but you both sing well and you both have very contrasting styles…
Mark: Absolutely! Mine is power rock based. The ultimate goal is to sound somewhat between Bon Scott meets Bruce Dickinson and Dio! It's a powerful base thing. A lot of times I just let my power take me where it wants to go. I can hold notes long and attack with a very resilient voice. I can't necessarily say that's where it's started but I'm fortunate enough that it has gone more powerful over the years where for a lot of people it’s gone the opposite.
Rob: It's a pretty good description! That's how I picture him when he's singing. That's why he's the lead singer and I'm the coming relief! We do have contrasting styles so we just have to reconcile in that way. I find it really difficult to sing the style Mark is singing, which I love but my voice just doesn't sing that way. My singing is more melodic. We speak alike because we grew up together but when we're singing we have two different colours of sound in our music to use.
Read the full article at The Voice Connection.
Irepress will hit the road later this month for some touring. Here are the latest tour dates:
6/26 Wallingford, CT @ Cherry Street Station w/ Cable, City of Ships
6/27 Doylestown, PA @ Siren Records w/ Cable, Cleric, more
6/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa w/ Lords, Suicide Note, more (early show)
6/29 Annandale, VA @ The Rust Bucket w/ Gifts From Enola, more
6/30 Virginia Beach, VA @ Gil's Bar and Grille w/ Reckoner, more
7/1 Greenville, NC @ The Spazzatorium Galleria w/ Gifts From Enola
7/2 Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway w/ Ocoai
7/3 Murfreesboro, TN @ Wall Street w/ Evil Bebos
7/4 Indiana @ TBA
7/5 Clarksville, TN @ the Coup w/ Gifts from Enola, Maps, more
7/6 Memphis, TN @ TBA
7/7 Louisville, KY @ TBA
7/8 Dayton, OH @ Stillwater w/ Kenoma, Lumaera, more
7/9 Cleveland, OH @ Now Thats Class w/ Kenoma, more
7/10 Rochester, NY @ The Penny Arcade
7/11 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Polish Club w/ Doors in the Sand, more
7/12 Boston, MA @ Bills Bar w/ Eroica, Captain Cutthroat, more
7/14 Portland, ME @ the Station w/ Baltic Sea, Eroica, more
ABYSMAL DAWN’s brand new album and Relapse debut, "Programmed To Consume," is currently streaming in its entirety at this location, courtesy of Dutch website 3voor12.nl. ABYSMAL DAWN recorded "Programmed To Consume" last November with producer John Haddad (INTRONAUT, PHOBIA, EYES OF FIRE). The band has most recently returned home from their first U.S. tour in support of its release.
ABYSMAL DAWN will head back out on the road this Summer as they join label-mates ORIGIN and MISERY INDEX for the 2008 installment of the Relapse Records Contamination Tour. This tour kicks off on July 21st in St. Louis, MO. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.
Judgement Day, the cello and violin metal band, has announced some Northwest tour dates for later this month. Here's an update from the band:
"Lewis and I are finishing up the last week of tour with The Mates of State now and getting ready to jump back into Judgement Day at the end of the month. We’re going to be kicking it off with another northwest tour and this time we’re going to be doing it right"
Here are the tour dates:
June 25 - Eugene, OR
June 26 - Corvallis, OR
June 27 - Salem, OR
June 28 - Portland, OR
June 29 - Seattle, WA
Alice Cooper has added a few more shows to the tour schedule,
The new tour dates are as follows:
August 5 Bismarck, N Dakota Civic Center Arena
August 12 Casper, Wyoming Events Center
August 19 Hammond, Indiana The Venue @ Horseshoe Casino
August 24 Columbus, Ohio LC Pavilion
Oct 31 Mashantucket, Connecticut MGM Grand @ Foxwoods
Here is the entire Alice Cooper Tour 2008 (so far): More...
Orlando, Florida's HAND TO HAND is returning with a digital-only EP (to be released as limited tour EP in in the U.S.), entitled "Breaking The Surface." Blending elements of contemporary hardcore, rock and roll, and old school metal, HAND TO HAND lets go of the boundaries and limitations their previous efforts had placed on them. This digital EP follows on the heels of their highly successful Lifeforce debut release, "A Perfect Way To Say Goodbye," which got the attention of Alternative Press (among many others) to nominate them as one of the "Bands To Watch."
"Breaking The Surface" is set for release on July 21, 2008. Their new full-length is planned for release in October 2008.
Trivium have announced that they will be releasing their fourth album this year on September 30th. Although no official word has been given yet on the name of the album, it is rumoured to be called "Shogun."
Frontman Matt Heafy says of the new album: "For the first time, we can't look at our songs and say who the riffs sound like. We're really making our own stuff and our own kind of music and art form, and that's exciting."
Trivium will also be a part of the Unholy Alliance tour this year with Slayer and Mastodon.
Polish death metal legends VADER have posted the following update:
“After five years of working with Vader, our bassist Novy (true name Marcin Nowak) decided to part ways with the band! He made his decision right after recently finished European tour. We would like to thank him for all those years of successful cooperation and just a great work he did for the band within the time. The band’s members wish him all the best for the future! Unfortunately, Marcin’s decision of leaving the band was made not only after the finished tour in Europe, but also just before the upcoming (and very important) US tour Summer Slaughter Tour 2008 (when we appear alongside THE BLACK DALHIA MURDER, KATAKLYSM, CRYPTOPSY, and other bands). This is a very hard situation for the band but don’t worry - we have already found a replacement - the session bassist for this tour will be Martin (ex-DECAPITATED). We are convinced that together with him Vader will be a killer! The session bass player for the shows planned for the rest of 2008 will be announced after the US tour.
"On August 3rd, Vader will appear on Polish Woodstock Festival. On August 30th the band will play a special anniversary show in Warsaw. In October, panzer-division under command of Peter will hit the road again, playing a tour through across Scandinavia and the Baltic States.
"The band needs a new bass player. If you are interested, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking only for a serious and experienced musician.”
Rock legends Motley Crue are currently allowing fans to listen to their new album, "Saints Of Los Angeles," in its entirity online at this location.
The tracklisting for "Saints Of Los Angeles" is as follows: 'L.A.M.F.," "Face Down In The Dirt," 'What's It Gonna Take," "Down At The Whiskey," 'Saints Of Los Angeles," "Mother Fucker Of the Year," "The Animal In Me," "Welcome To The Machine," 'Just Another Psycho," "Chicks = Trouble," "This Ain't A Love Song," 'White Trash Circus," and "Goin' Out Swingin."
Sensory Records is proud to announce the signing of New Jersey prog metal band Suspyre. The band's new album, "When Time Fades...," has a release date of September 30, 2008.
"We are all very excited about signing to Sensory Records," says Gregg Rossetti, guitarist and founder/composer of Suspyre. "The high-caliber musicians on this label have inspired our band to become what it is and we are now proud to be a part of their family."
"When Time Fades…" has artwork done by Gustavo Sazes (Firewind, Dark Empire, Mystic Prophecy), and featured guest artists that include drummer Charlie Zeleny (Behold the Arctopus, Blotted Science, Jordan Rudess), and female vocalist Trisha O'Keefe (Amaran's Plight).
Jordanian Power metal band SYMPHOVANIA has announced the departure of Mohammed Taifi after a long journey with him as rhythm guitarist . Mohammed announced that he would leave the Symphonights for personal reasons. SYMPHOVANIA wishes Taifi the best of luck in his upcoming projects or bands and hopes to perform along with him on the same stage in the next upcoming concerts.
In related news, SYMPHOVANIA has announced that Nasser Abu Hamdan (ex-Garabuzz) will be replacing Taifi on guitars. Nasser is known as a talented and experienced guitarist who has taken part in several bands and worked on some well known solo projects.
While no real news has surfaced about the 5th annual Rock and Shock festival, which takes place at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, the headliners have quietly been added to the venue's website. The festival will go from Friday, October 10th to Sunday October 12th. The bands announced for Friday are: Children Of Bodom, Between The Buried And Me, and Obituary. The bands for Saturday are GWAR and Mushroomhead. The only band listed for Sunday is Insane Clown Posse.