Metal News for June 18, 2007
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Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have announced the routing for their upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off early September. The dates are as follows (venue details to follow):
Jul. 05 - London, England - TPA
Jul. 07 - Burgum, Netherlands - Waldrock Festival
Sep. 07 - Ft. Lauerdale, FL
Sep. 08 - Jacksonville, FL
Sep. 09 - Atlanta, GA
Sep. 11 - Springfield, VA
Sep. 12 - Richmond, VA
Sep. 14 - New York, NY
Sep. 15 - Sayerville, NY
Sep. 16 - Southbridge, MA
Sep. 18 - Cleveland, OH
Sep. 21 - Detroit, MI
Sep. 22 - Indianapolis, IN
Sep. 23 - Chicago, IL
Sep. 25 - Denver, CO
Sep. 27 - Las Vegas, NV
Sep. 28 - Orange County, CA
Sep. 29 - Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 30 - San Diego, CA
Oct. 02 - Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 03 - Tucson, AZ
Oct. 05 - San Antonio, TX
Oct. 06 - Dallas, TX
Oct. 07 - Houston, TX
Mark Carras of RockMyMonkey.com recently conducted an interview with former LIMP BIZKIT guitarist and current BLACK LIGHT BURNS leader Wes Borland. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Rock My Monkey: Now, in the first week of release, [BLACK LIGHT BURNS' debut] "Cruel Melodies" sold six thousand copies in the U.S. Are you happy with that, and do you think this is the snowball just starting to roll?
Wes Borland: Yeah, it's the snowball just starting to roll. We're starting up on an independent label. We didn't have a crazy promotions for this, so this is a builder. Considering "Three Dollar Bill" from LIMP BIZKIT only sold four thousand the first week, I feel like we're doing alright. Because people have the record for about two or three months before it was released, online. This is going to be good. Most people don't even know this is happening. Through shows and interviews like this we're getting the word out there that this is even a band, with the story attached to it and the people involved and everything. So I'm happy.
Rock My Monkey: Awesome. Now I heard that "Mesopotamia" was inspired by a nightmare. Can you give me more details on that song, and the nightmare that inspired it?
Wes Borland: Basically Mesopotamia popped in my… It was in my head when I woke up from being attacked by a zombie in a dream. I woke up; it was a pretty bad, pretty graphic, livid dream. When I woke up I had this song, like the beginning of the song, in my head. And I just went, "Well, I got to get up and go record, even though I'm really tired." And that happens, that actually happens a lot where I wake up in the middle of the night and have something in my head, because the subconscious is operating on a high level. And I wake up and just go, as the little trickles are fading away, I have to really quickly get up and get over across my bedroom — my studio is basically right outside my bedroom, like in the living room, or set up in the dining room of my house. So I just go zip and try to get in there as fast as possible, and boot it up and go.
Rock My Monkey: Whenever people — going back to your old band — whenever people would make fun of LIMP BIZKIT in the past, I would hear them throw an insult at LIMP BIZKIT, but then basically say that you were the thumb in that set of fingers, and that you were actually too good for LIMP BIZKIT. So does it shock you that so many LIMP BIZKIT haters are actually excited about BLACK LIGHT BURNS?
Wes Borland: Somehow that's always happened where people have been really excited about anything that I'm doing. I don't know how it happened, but I'm really grateful for it. I'm just, I'm doing my thing, and I'm going to do this whether people like it or not, I'm going to be doing this. And anybody who wants to listen is totally welcome, and if you don't, it's real easy to ignore and turn off.
Rock My Monkey: Would you say that BLACK LIGHT BURNS, for you as an artist, do you think that it has maybe the integrity that LIMP BIZKIT… Whereas LIMP BIZKIT went for more of pop hits, and lyrically went for stringing clichés together, would you say that BLACK LIGHT BURNS has the artistic integrity, whereas LIMP BIZKIT was more of a pop band?
Wes Borland: Yeah, absolutely. And what's sad is that LIMP BIZKIT started out not as a pop band, with our first record. Then when… I think Fred [Durst] became influenced by what record label moguls had to say, or whatever, and kind of aspired to be one of them a little bit. Liked how power felt. It went from being sort of like we went from being sort of more a do-whatever-we-want band to becoming like a band that had rules and had to make certain songs sound like songs that had been successful before. When we went into that road, that was the beginning of the end for me. I just kind of went, I understand that you guys want to make money, but the intention is all wrong here. This is finally for me coming back, and you know, as long as I can not have a second job and do this, I want to keep doing it, because this is all, this is like my hobby, and I luckily enough this is my work, too. I want to just keep making records. We're already pretty far into the next BLACK LIGHT BURNS record. The ideas are forming, and I maybe have eight or nine tracks that are taking shape. It's a constant thing for me. It's sort of like I can't stop it. I keep writing all the time. For me, this is the first time I felt really proud and also that there's nothing I would have done differently.
Rock My Monkey: Do you think this cd would have such a strong NINE INCH NAILS influence if Danny and Charlie were not involved?
Wes Borland: No. Charlie was only involved on "Lie", on the one song. But Danny definitely has his feel and sound that he brings to the equation. He was in that band for ten years. Before that he was in SKREW. He's been a programmer for so long. He's just really amazing when it comes to sense and sound design and stuff like that. Then we also have Josh Eustis from TELEFON TEL AVIV which is this big kind of APHEX TWIN off texture so there was a lot of that going on too. I think the next album is going to be — I mean, this was a guitar heavy album, but the next album is going to be even more guitar-heavy and a little less synth. Yeah, I don't think it would have sounded as NAILS-ey had somebody from NAILS not been producing it. But I love it. I'm super-happy with the results."
As previously reported they will be touring with HORSE the band in the upcomming months.
The cover artwork for SODOM's upcoming album, "The Final Sign of Evil", has been posted online at this location (artwork by Andreas Marschall). The CD will feature re-recordings of the material from the German thrashers' classic first EP, "In the Sign of Evil", plus no less than seven bonus tracks, all of which were originally written during the "In the Sign of Evil" era or earlier but were never officially released. As a special bonus, the album will feature return appearances by the group's original drummer Chris Dudek (a.k.a. Witchhunter) and guitarist Josef "Peppi" Dominic (a.k.a. Grave Violator), both of whom were featured on the original 1984 EP.
"The Final Sign of Evil" is being produced by SODOM's webmaster Toto, who stated about the upcoming CD, "The official name is 'The Final Sign of Evil', and follows the plan to make the 'In the Sign of Evil' a complete album. So the seven additional tracks are not a real bonus, because they fulfill an album, like it should [have done] back in 1984."
Regarding how he got involved on the production side, Toto said, "Peppi heard a demo I produced with a side project which was founded by me back in 2003. A friend of mine (Frank Hübner, he's with me in the project and his neighbour) gave it to him. And after all they decided not to work with Harris [Johns] or Andy [Sneap], they decided to run a little test with me. So in spring 2006 we started a two and a half week pre-production. They were happy with the sound and after four weeks I got the call: You're the one. Of course, that was a dream! In the following month I started to watch nearly every rehearsal, learned the songs and rehearsed with Chris, when Peppi was on holiday. A real big thing for an old mid-Eighties SODOM fan! But believe me: It's real hard work!"
On the subject of how the re-recordings are turning out, Toto said, "Some of the old songs will sound a little bit different, because Chris decided to change some of the drum parts. But don't mind it, because the classic one will stay as a classic, no matter what we're doing. Some will love it, other may hate it, that's the normal way life goes.
"Peppi and me are working on the guitars and it's a hard job for him. The last time he has been in a studio was for the recordings in 1984 for the 'Sign of Evil'. For Chris it was similar. Chris made his last recordings in 1994 for a project called WITCHHUNTER which never been released. But both [have] done their very best. It's obviously that both had a hard [time] during the recordings."
British extreme metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH have issued the following update:
"Mick Kenney is being a maniac in the pit of Necrodeath studios working on new material for the next ANAAL NATHRAKH album which will be released on Feto Records towards the end of the year. V.i.t.r.i.o.l. is working on themes and lyric ideas also and are going to start recording as soon as the tracks are complete and 100% non-stop total savagery.
"These songs are gonna blow everything weve ever done in the past and will make you want to actually smash your own face in. TOTAL FUCKIN' EXTREME HOLOCAUST IN YOUR HEAD FACE RIP TYPHOON AVALANCHE TIDAL WAVE NECRO THRASHIN' FACE FUCKIN' BRUTALITY."
ANAAL NATHRAKH's third full-length album, "Eschaton", was released in October via Season of Mist. The CD includes guest appearances by Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH) and Attila Csihar (MAYHEM).
ANAAL NATHRAKH had their "The Codex Necro" and "When Fire Rains Down From The Sky, Mankind Will Reap As It Has Sown" albums re-released last year with a load of bonus material. "The Codex Necro" has "bonus tracks comprising the Peel session recorded for the late John Peel's legendary radio show at the BBC studios at the great man's personal request," the band said.
PIG DESTROYER have added the songs “Machete Twins” and “Thought Crime Spree,” off their recently released new album Phantom Limb, online over at their official MySpace page.
More dates have been released for THERION’s North American tour later this year:
October 16 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
October 30 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
October 31 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
November 1 - New York, NY @ HighLine Ballroom
November 2 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have announced the album title of their forthcoming album to be Dark Passion Play. It’s expected out on September 28.
1. The Poet And The Pendulum
2. Bye Bye Beautiful
4. Cadence Of Her Last Breath
5. Master Passion Greed
8. Whoever Brings The Night
9. For The Heart I Once Had
10. The Islander
11. Last Of The Wilds
12. 7 Days To The Wolves
13. Meadows Of Heaven
The first single, ‘Amaranth’, will be out this August.
40 BELOW SUMMER are set to play what seems to be yet another reunion show to promote the re-release of their Rain EP, out July 27, at Starland Ballroom with GIZMACHI and WITH DAGGERS DRAWN.
Tawain’s CHTHONIC have announced the following North American tour dates following their appearance at this year’s Ozzfest:
September 1 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
September 2 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
September 6 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Katatonia
September 7 - Toronto, ON @ The Funhaus
September 8 - London, ON @ Embassy
September 9 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 14 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
September 15 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
September 16 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Denver’s CEPHALIC CARNAGE and Independent Records are teaming up to host a goat roast to celebrate the release of CEPHALIC’s brand new album, Xenosapien.
This free, open-to-the-public, event will take place this Saturday June 23rd, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm MST at the Independent Records parking lot (937 E. Colfax Ave.) where members of CEPHALIC CARNAGE and record store staffers will be on hand fire-roasting a whole goat. CEPHALIC CARNAGE will be available for signings and there will be tons of giveaways. Included in the items up for grabs are tickets to see CEPHALIC CARNAGE perform that evening at Cervantes as part of the Summer Slaughter Tour. And anyone who purchases a copy of Xenosapien from Independent Records from 2:00 to 4:00 MST will receive a free autographed Summer Slaughter Tour poster.
Just For Fun
The World Series of Video Games presented by Intel (WSVG), the first international video game competition circuit for multiple game platforms, will be host to several Guitar Hero 2 competitions over the course of the year. Guitar Hero 2 lets users play their favorite songs by their favorite bands including tracks by MEGADETH, GUNS N’ ROSES, THE ROLLING STONES, ANTHRAX, LAMB OF GOD, BLACK SABBATH, NIRVANA, PRIMUS, and IRON MAIDEN amongst others. The WSVG will be providing up to $80,000 in cash and travel expenses for performers in this year’s circuit.
This year’s first stop will be this weekend, June 21st-24th, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, you can check out the event’s official web site.
Both the track listing and cover art for Full Blown Chaos' new album "Heavy Lies The Crown" have been revealed and can be found here. The album is scheduled for an August 21st release date through Ferret.
Clutch recently recorded a new song dubbed "King Of Arizona" for inclusion on the upcoming CD/DVD compilation "Bam Margera Presents...Viva La Bands, Vol. 2". Footage from the sessions can be found here. "Bam Margera Presents...Viva La Bands, Vol. 2" will feature unreleased tracks from In Flames, Vains Of Jenna, Children Of Bodom plus a CKY remix track, among others. Previously-released tracks from the likes of Gwar, Dimmu Borgir and The Sounds will also be included when the effort sees a September 04th release date through Ferret.
Dates have begun to roll out for Alice In Chains' upcoming run with Velvet Revolver, here's the schedule so far:
August 05th Baltimore, MD - Pimlico Race Course
August 06th Verona, NY - Turning Stone Resort & Casino
August 08th Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip Campground
August 11th Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
August 12th Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
August 14th Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center
August 16th Darien, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 17th Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
August 18th Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach
August 20th Camden, NJ - Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
August 21st Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
August 23rd Saratoga, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 24th Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
August 25th Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel Casino
August 27th Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 28th Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 29th St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
Soulfly's official website has posted the first in what will be an ongoing series of interviews with band frontman Max Cavalera. The series is expected to focus on the groups upcoming new album. Confirmed in the interview are the rumors that Max has been working on new material with his once estranged brother, Igor Cavalera, formerly of Sepultura. The full interview can be found over at here.
Live footage of 36 Crazyfists performing their track "At The End Of August" in Clifton Park, NY earlier this year can be found online here.
Hopesfall have lined up the following shows with The Receiving Ends Of Sirens:
August 10th Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
August 11th Virginia Beach, VA - Peppermint Beach Club
August 12th Greensboro, NC - Greene Street Club
August 14th Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
August 15th Orlando, FL - The Social
August 16th West Palm Beach, FL - Ray's Downtown Blues
August 17th Tampa, FL - Orpheum
August 18th Jacksonville, FL - Thee Imperial
August 20th Dallas, TX - The Door
August 21st Houston, TX - Meridian
August 22nd San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
August 24th Tempe, AZ - The Sets
August 25th Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
August 26th San Diego, CA - Soma
Ringworm are set to release their new album "The Ninth Circle: The Venomous Grand Design" through Victory on August 21st.
Nonpoint recorded a new song dubbed "Everybody Down" this past week for an upcoming wrestling video game due out later this year. Currently the band are still writing new material for their next album which they plan to begin recording next month. More on that can be found here.
Rikets have begun mixing their new album "All American Death Cult" with Ben Schigel (Chimaira, Walls Of Jericho). The group, who are currently without a label, are shooting for a fall release. In the meantime, a rough mix of their new track "House Of Lies" has been made available online here. In addition, the band have also begun rolling out dates for their summer tour with the latest schedule avaialble at the aforementioned link.
More stops have been added to Machine Head and Trivium's upcoming co-headlining "The Black Crusade Tour" with Dragonforce, Shadows Fall and Arch Enemy, the latest include:
November 28th Paris, FRA - Elysee Montmarte
November 29th Paris, FRA - Elysee Montmarte
November 30th Amsterdam, NET - Heineken Music Hall
December 01st Koln, GER - The Palladium
December 02nd Stuttgart, GER - Messe Congress
December 03rd Munich, GER - Tonhalle
December 07th Winterhur, SWI - Eulachhalle
December 09th Wiesbaden, GER - Schlacthof
December 10th Copenhagen, DEN - KB Halle
December 13th Tampere, FIN - Old Ice Hall
December 14th Helsinki, FIN - Old Ice Hall
Between The Buried And Me have revealed the track listing for their new album "Colors", here's how it runs:
01 - "Foam Born:"
(A) - "The Backtrack"
02 - "(B) The Decade Of Statues"
03 - "Informal Gluttony"
04 - "Sun Of Nothing"
05 - "Ants Of The Sky"
06 - "Prequel To The Sequel"
07 - "Viridian"
08 - "White Walls"
The album clocks in at around 65 minutes and will see a September 18th release date through Victory.
Tool have firmed up their upcoming overseas touring plans, here's how they look:
August 11th Hildescheim, GER - M'era Luna Festival
August 12th Katowice, POL - Spodek Metal Hammer Festival
August 13th Budapest, HUN - Sziget Festival
August 15th Salzburg, AUT - Frequency Festival
August 16th Gampel, SWI - Gampel Festival
August 18th Hasselt, BEL - Pukkelpop Festival
August 19th Dronten, NET - Lowlands Festival
August 21st London, UK - Brixton Academy
August 22nd London, UK - Brixton Academy
August 23rd Manchester, UK - TBA
August 25th Paris , FRA - Rock An Seine Festival
August 26th Frankfurt, GER - Area 4 Festival
August 28th Frankfurt, GER - Jahrhunderthalle
August 31st Vitoria-Gasteiz, SPA - Azkena Festival
September 02nd Bologna, ITA - Independent Days Festival - Arena Parco Nord
September 04th Zagreb, CRO - Salata
September 05th Belgrade, SER - TBA
September 07th Istanbul, TUR - Kurucesme Amphitheater
According to their official Myspace page, Zao have recruited Dean Minerva of Downside fame to handle the drums for them for the foreseeable future. Minerva takes over the role from Josh Walters, who most recently handled the drums for the band
Melbourne-based power metal band Eyefear, who recently appeared at San Fransisco's first annual Bay Area Rock Fest, will release their new album A World Full Of Grey locally through Riot Entertainment on June 25th. The band's MySpace page mentions a record launch for August 25th at the Espy Gershwin Room in St Kilda.
Vocalist and founding member Michael Sadler of Canadian prog band Saga has announced that he is leaving the band after 30 years of affiliation. On the eve of the band's 30th anniversary, he posted that at the end of 2007 he will quit for personal reasons. An excerpt from Sadler's official statement follows:
When I said it was for personal reasons, I was serious.
The easiest way to explain it is in the form of an analogy.
Picture yourself sitting in your office at the same job you’ve happily, and successfully, held for 30 years and one which you find ultimately satisfying. You’re listening to one of your favorite songs of all time, staring out the window - imagining what it must be like standing onstage in front of thousands of devoted fans and constantly being told how great you are and how much you’ve touched their lives with your music! Just think how great that would be!
Now, reverse the situation, and imagine I’m the one looking at you thinking “wouldn’t that be great?” because, believe it or not, that’s how I feel and in some ways, I’m actually envious of you!
As I think about it, I’ve spent more than half of my life focused on my career. Whether traveling or in the studio, I simply haven’t spent a great deal of time at home, wherever that may have been at the time, over the last 30 years!
I suppose what I’m trying to say is, I’ve decided to shift my focus to what now matters most to me and something that has eluded me since we began the band…that something is my family!
As you can well imagine, maintaining a family in the traditional sense is next to impossible when you’re gallivanting around the globe. Calling home to check in when you can, missing birthdays and other important family activities, sending flowers on special occasions to remind those at home that you still exist, is no longer an option for me.
That is why I have decided, not without some degree of regret, to change my lifestyle - and the timing, (which seems to be confusing some of you) couldn’t have come at a better time. I can only hope that you understand me when I say that I feel as though “it’s my turn”!