Metal News for June 20, 2007
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Year Of Desolation parted ways with drummer Steve Sams last week for undisclosed reasons, though his departure seems less than amicable. The group will use fill-ons on their current tour, but will eventually be rejoined by former drummer Matthew Behner. According to the band, "Matt Behner, as some of you know, was our drummer for last years touring season. He departed on good terms and now he's got his life in order and we're more than glad to have him back. Matt is an excellent drummer, great friend and all around good guy. It will be a pleasure to have him back on board."
An official Rammstein newsletter has just been sent out and Pilgrim Management have confirmed that Rammstein are back from their vacation. However, the band will not be playing any shows this year because they are busy working on songs for the new album!
In the same newsletter, Pilgrim have also confirmed the release date for the first CD from Richard's solo project, Emigrate. The self-titled debut will be in stores on August 31, 2007. Be sure to check out Emigrate's website and subscribe to the newsletter, you'll be able to download a new Emigrate song for free!
The complete track listing has been revealed for KORN's eighth studio album, due on July 31 via Virgin Records. The untitled CD was produced by KORN's "See You On The Other Side" producer Atticus Ross (Ross is also known for his revolutionary work with NIN). In releasing an album with no title singer Jonathan Davis commented, "We didn't want to label this album. It has no boundaries; it has no limits and why not just let our fans call it whatever they wanna call it?" The track listing is as follows:
01. Starting Over
02. Bitch We Got a Problem
04. Do What They Say
05. Innocent Bystander
06. I Will Protect You
07. Hold On
08. Ever Be
10. Love and Luxury
KORN fan site Kornspace has posted several photos from the video shoot for the group's new single, "Evolution", featuring the band's current touring drummer, Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT. Directing the clip is Dave Meyers, who previously worked with KORN on the video for "Twisted Transistor".
According to a posting on the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes Of Bodom, the Finnish band played its first gig since November 2006 last Sunday (June 17) at Austria's Nova Rock festival. During the group's 70-minute set, it played all the usual classics, as well as the medley of "Mask Of Sanity" and "Deadnight Warrior". In addition, the song "Children Of Bodom" made its way back into the set.
CHILDREN OF BODOM's setlist was as follows (not in correct order):
01. Hate Me!
02. Children Of Decadence
03. Living Dead Beat
04. Bodom Beach Terror
05. Mask Of Sanity/Deadnight Warrior
06. In Your Face
07. Angels Don't Kill
08. Children Of Bodom
09. Are You Dead Yet?
10. Needled 24/7
CHILDREN OF BODOM recorded a brand new song at the end of May for the upcoming "Bam Margera Presents…Viva La Bands, Vol. 2" compilation.
SOIL guitarist Shaun Glass has issued the following update:
"Well, we're pretty much done touring after 13 months for [the latest SOIL album] 'True Self'. We finally all agreed we have done all we can on the touring front for this album (STAIND world tour, main stage at Download 2006, [dates with] GODSMACK, SEVENDUST, True Rock European tour, U.S. True Rock tour and wrapping up with HELLYEAH etc. etc.). We have now begun writing for the new SOIL album and it feels fucking great, so all you junkies will have to wait a bit to see us live. Like you aint seen enough of us already the last two years, HAHA! But yes, we're glad to be creating music again, and all I can say, judging from the music we have already, this shit is gonna ROCK!!!"
SOIL's latest CD, "True Self", was released in May 2006 via DRT Entertainment. The follow-up to 2004's "Redefine" was recorded and mixed at Bomb Shelter studios in Los Angeles, California with producer Ulrich Wild (STATIC-X, TAPROOT). The CD is the group's first to feature singer A.J. Cavalier, who previously fronted the California-based DIESEL MACHINE (also featuring ex-DAMAGEPLAN frontman Patrick Lachman on guitar). The band's original vocalist, Ryan McCombs, has since joined the Texas act DROWNING POOL.
Bulgaria's Pro-Rock magazine reports that eight people were seriously injured in a fight that erupted between "skinheads" and "punks" during a concert by the punk legends THE EXPLOITED at Universiada Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria earlier tonight (Wednesday, June 20). According to the report, the altercation began around 9:00 p.m. (local time) and involved around 20-30 skinheads. The young men used glass bottles, chains and other metal objects as weapons before the police stepped in and prevented the fight from spreading to other parts of the venue. Six of the injured were hospitalized. Remarkably, the concert went ahead as planned, and THE EXPLOITED along with the support acts — which included HARMFUL (featuring ex-FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould on guitar) and MONDO GENERATOR — played regular sets with no other incidents reported.
DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR) has offered more information on the recording process for the group's third full-length album, tentatively titled "Down III". Producer Warren Riker (CROWBAR, SUBLIME) is helming the effort, for which the band had reportedly composed more than 18 tracks.
Said Windstein: "We record tunes on two-inch tape and then drop them to ProTools. The mixing process is a lot easier with automation. But believe me, we jam our balls off on every tune. This ain't no computerized, polished nu-metal CD. This is the real deal!!"
DOWN's lineup is completed by CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist), bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA), and vocalist Philip Anselmo (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA).
DOWN recently inked a new North American record deal with the Independent Label Group (ILG), which is composed of Warner Music Group Corp.'s Asylum Records, East West Records and Cordless Recordings.
Possum of Altitude TV recently conducted a video interview with ADEMA bassist Dave DeRoo at the Key Club in Los Angeles. DeRoo dishes on the band's new singer, Bobby Reeves ("I wish I would've met him 10 years ago; it would've made my life a lot easier," says DeRoo), the group's new record, their past mistakes, and how they've survived the business. Watch the four-minute clip at YouTube.
ADEMA will release its new album, "Kill the Headlights", on July 24 through Immortal Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Marshall Altman (MARC BROUSSARD, ZEBRAHEAD). Mastering duties were handled by Eddie Schreyer at Oasis Mastering in Burbank. More...
More dates have been released for PYREXIA’s upcoming North American tours:
with INHERIT DISEASE:
July 11 - London, ON @ The Embassy
July 12 - Hamilton, ON @ Club Absinthe
July 13 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
July 14 - Peterborough, ON @ The Underdog
July 16 - Montreal, QC @ Club Saphir
July 17 - Quebec City, QC @ Velvet
with CREMATORIUM, INFERNAEON, SONS OF AZRAEL:
August 17 - Chicago, IL @ The Note
August 21 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Union Station
August 23 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
August 24 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
August 26 - Oakland, CA @ Uptown Nightclub
August 28 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
August 30 - Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
August 31 - San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
September 1 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Cheyenne Saloon
September 2 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
September 3 - Juarez, MEX @ Centenario
September 4 - Clovis, NM @ Absolute Zero
September 5 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
September 6 - San Antonio, TX @ Scooby’s
September 7 - Corpus Christi, TX @ The Compound
September 8 - McAllen, TX @ The Metro
September 9 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
September 10 - Orlando, FL @ Island Oasis
September 11 - Ft. Pierce, FL @ The Atomic Garage
September 12 - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
September 13 - Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
September 15 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume Eleven Tavern
September 20 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 21 - Levittown, NY @ Club Metasin
September 22 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
MTV.com reports: Guitarist Kerry King can’t even remember the last time his band — the iconic speed-metal maelstrom that is SLAYER — played a gig it didn’t close out. That’s because, with more than 25 years in the business, SLAYER have been a headlining act for quite some time. When SLAYER take the stage, no one else follows. Or at least that’s the way things were before the band decided to team up with MARILYN MANSON.
SLAYER’s summer co-headlining run with MANSON is set to kick off July 25 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will hit 25 cities before concluding September 1 in San Antonio.
“[This tour has] been in the works for a good part of this year, and the way it started out was, we were looking to do another Unholy Alliance this summer,” King explained of the festival, which featured MASTODON, LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED last year. “Then, when we found out we’d probably be touring with MANSON, he didn’t want to call it [the Unholy Alliance]. So, we were like, ‘Fine, man. Let’s just go out and do a big tour.’ He basically said [playing festival runs] wasn’t who he is anymore, and we were like, ‘All right.’ It didn’t make much sense to me, but that’s who he is now, I guess.”
So, while this summer’s trek is billed as a “co-headliner,” King said each and every date on the tour will end with a set from MANSON.
“It is completely co-headlining, except that he wanted to close every day, and we’re like, ‘Hey, knock yourself out,’” King said. “We’ve been in so many situations like that, and sometimes, it’s better not to be the last band on. So, we’re just kind of happy about it. I don’t have the ego that makes me — and I’m not saying MANSON does — but I don’t have the ego that makes me have to close every show. I won’t be playing any longer, and we’ll be done with our show and be able to chill for a change.”
But, while some speculate that the two artists have vastly different fanbases, King said the pairing does make sense to him. And if MANSON plays his cards right, he might not witness a mass exodus of SLAYER fans leaving each venue once King’s crew is through.
“It’s definitely going to be weird,” he admitted. “My whole thing is, it depends on what MANSON plays, whether our kids stay or not. If he comes out and plays ‘Tainted Love,’ half the place is going to leave. No offense to MANSON — I’m just saying what’s up. I want him to come out and kick ass, because I’m an old-school fan. He can succeed on this tour, if he chooses the right set.”
SLAYER fans might be pleased to know that this summer’s tour will coincide with the re-release of 2006’s Christ Illusion on July 24. The limited-edition set will contain the previously unreleased cut “The Final Six,” as well as an alternate version of “Black Serenade.” The reissue marks the band’s first collaboration with new label home Columbia Records; SLAYER left Warner Bros. when longtime producer Rick Rubin jumped ship to head Columbia back in May.
“This version of ‘Black Serenade‘ is the version [guitarist] Jeff [Hanneman] originally wrote, and during the miscommunications of recording, it came out the way it did,” said King. “I like the original version better. And ‘The Final Six‘ was a song that just wasn’t finished in time for the record, because [frontman] Tom [Araya] had to head home for [gall-bladder] surgery.”
“The Final Six,” said King, “isn’t going to sound out of place, because it was written for Christ Illusion. So, it’s just another song off of that album, and it’s not separate at all. The track was recorded by the time Christ Illusion came out — we just had to have Tom sing on it.”
The reissue will also boast a bonus DVD called “Slayer on Tour ‘07.” It will include the “Eyes of the Insane” video; a live rendition of the band’s 1988 LP South of Heaven that was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, on last year’s Unholy Alliance run; and a behind-the-scenes, five-minute documentary-style montage of footage shot earlier this year when the band performed in Florida and Australia.
As for SLAYER’s next album, King said it will be a while. The band hopes to book another tour toward the end of this year but has no definitive plans to write or record anytime soon. “It would be awesome to have football season off,” King joked.
Australian technical death metallers PSYCROPTIC have posted the following update:
“PSYCROPTIC have just returned from a short Australian tour and are now currently hard at work writing material for the as yet untitled new album. Live shows have been put on hold as the writing process is now the main priority and all energy is focused on this. It is hoped the band will enter the studio in late 2007 to record, with an early to mid 2008 release planned.”
You can check out two new songs from MODERN LIFE IS WAR online over at their official MySpace page. The tracks come off the band’s forthcoming new album, Midnight In America, which will be released on August 21st through Equal Vision Records.
A trailer for Underoath's upcoming "777" DVD outing can be found online here. The effort is due in stores on July 17th.
Darkest Hour have posted a new webisode documenting the filming of the video for their track "Demon(s)" online here. The track is taken from the groups upcoming new album "Deliver Us", which is due out in stores through Victory on July 10th. In addition, the band have also added the following stops to their schedule:
July 12th Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar (Feat. Amon Amarth, Goatwhore, The Acacia Strain, This Is Hell)
July 31st Boise, ID - Big Easy Concert House (Feat. Shadows Fall, Amon Amarth, The Acacia Strain)
August 12th Washington DC - 9:30 Club (Feat. Job For A Cowboy, Damnation AD,A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon)
A Life Once Lost will be hitting the road with Job For A Cowboy, Despised Icon and The Faceless this summer, dates include:
August 13th Troy, NY - Revolution Hall
August 15th Huntington, WV - The Monkey Bar
August 16th Thomasville, NC - The Soundvent
August 17th Nashville, TN - Rocketown
August 18th Augusta, GA - Sector 7G
August 22nd Memphis, TN - The Complex
August 23rd Little Rock, AR - Vino's
August 25th Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
August 27th El Paso, TX - Chic's
August 28th Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
All That Remains are planning to film a video for their track "Not Alone" in July with director Soren (Unearth, Light This City). The song is taken from the groups latest album "The Fall Of Ideals", which recently passed the 100k sold mark. In addition, All That Remains are now looking at an October release date through Prosthetic for their upcoming live DVD outing.
Slayer will be re-releasing their latest effort "Christ Illusion" on July 24th as a limited edition version. The outing will feature the previously unreleased track "The Final Six", as well as an alternate version of "Black Serenade". It will be released on the bands latest label, Columbia. A bonus DVD featuring the video for "Eyes Of The Insane", a live rendition of the "South of Heaven" album shot in Vancouver, BC last year and more will also be included with the release.
Unearth have announced the following Australian run for July:
July 19th Brisbane, AUS - Club 299
July 20th Brisbane, AUS - Club 299
July 21st Byron Bay, AUS - High School
July 22nd Sydney, AUS - Manning
July 23rd Melbourne, AUS - Corner
July 24th Melbourne, AUS - Corner
July 25th Adelaide, AUS - Fowlers
July 27th Perth, AUS - Amplifier
July 28th Perth, AUS - Amplifier
Machine Head, Trivium and Arch Enemy have added the following Australian leg to their upcoming "Black Crusade Tour":
October 28th Perth, AUS - The Metro
October 30th Adelaide, AUS - The Barton
October 31st Melbourne, AUS - Festival Hall
November 01st Sydney, AUS - Luna Park
November 02nd Sydney, AUS - Luna Park
November 03rd Brisbane, AUS - Riverstage
Blindside will be releasing a new EP entitled "The Black Rose" featuring five new songs and 3 live tracks on June 27th. For now, the band have posted the most of the effort online for listening here.
Job For A Cowboy will be heading to Australia in September, here's the dates:
September 14th Brisbane, AUS - Arena
September 15th Sydney, AUS - Manning Bar
September 16th Melbourne, AUS - Hi Fi
September 17th Adelaide, AUS - Fowlers
September 18th Perth, AUS - Amplifier