Metal News for June 20, 2008
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Revelation Theory’s sophomore effort, "Light It Up," sold 10,197 copies to debuti at No. 74 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. Disturbed's "Indestructible" managed to move 100,000 more units in its second week to grab the #5 spot.
Metal Mind Productions has announced the re-release of "Product Of Society," the debut album by Defiance. This thrash metal band formed in 1985 by Brad Bowers (guitar), Mike Kaufmann (bass) and Matt Vander Ende (drums) belonged to the San Francisco thrash fraternity of the late 80's, along with bands like Testament, Exodus or Forbidden. "Product Of Society" was produced by Annihilator's guitarist Jeff Waters and managed to attract attention in the thrash community despite the frequent label as a Testament knock-off. It was the only album by Defiance to feature Ken Elkington on vocals and had cover art by Ed Repka.
This classic LP taken from Roadrunner Records' archives will be available in a new digipak edition with 5 demo and 3 live tracks as a bonus. Limited to 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc. "Product Of Society" will be available on July 21, 2008 in Europe and September 2, 2008 in USA (via MVD).
Here is the tracklisting for the reissued Defiance "Product Of Society" digipak: More...
Apocalyptica recently attended Metal Hammer's "Golden Gods Awards" in London, England. "Fantastic bands - Disturbed, In Flames, Children Of Bodom and Testament - all performing live!" the band commented. "We meet some long time friends and having a blast at the after show party!"
At the end of the night, Apocalyptica came out as the winner of the "Best Breakthrough Artist," commenting in jest, "OK - we're touring since 12 years and did 6 albums - but the time has come."
Billboard.com reports that members of the hair metal band Poison claim their record label has consistently underpaid royalties to them throughout their career, according to a lawsuit.
The suit, filed Wednesday against Capitol Records and EMI Music Marketing, says the companies breached contracts with the band by improperly categorizing certain record sales and miscalculating everything from producer royalties to foreign taxes.
According to the lawsuit, the band signed a contract with Enigma Records in 1986, which later transferred control to Capitol Records. The group claims it tried to audit its records kept by Capitol, but the firm didn't fully cooperate.
Poison says it cannot determine how much money it is owed and asked a judge to order Capitol Records to allow a full accounting review of the band's records.
Since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking point-of-sale data in 1991, Poison has sold more than 5.7 million albums.
A representative for Capitol and EMI did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
Nuclear Blast Records has announced the signing of the Tasmanian technical death metal band PSYCROPTIC.
Nuclear Blast's U.S. A&R representative Gerardo Martinez stated about the signing: "We are beyond excited to be working with one of the BEST technical death metal bands in the world right now. We feel the band will reach the status they deserve in a short period of time."
The band added: "To say that all of us are excited to be working with Nuclear Blast is quite an understatement — we're over the moon! Nuclear Blast has always been the pinnacle of labels within the metal realm, and to be signed with them is a huge honor for us...and to be the first Tasmanian band to ever be on the label is a pretty cool bonus as well. The artist roster is nothing short of amazing, and for us to be added to it...well, we couldn't be happier!!"
In a recent interview with The Metal Forge, PSYCROPTIC drummer Dave Haley stated about the group's new material, "It's still PSYCROPTIC, but I think our songwriting has improved. It's very catchy stuff, but still intense. Some stuff isn't as technical, other stuff is. We have tried to make it varied but still sound like an album — not just a mish-mash of songs. We're quite excited about it all!"
PSYCROPTIC's third full-length album, "Symbols of Failure," was released in February 2006 via Neurotic Records. The follow-up of 2003's "The Scepter of the Ancients" marks the recording debut of the band's new vocalist Jason Peppiatt.
OPIATE FOR THE MASSES regrets missing out on performing for fans in Oklahoma City, OK and Harrison, AR on this run with FILTER and 10 YEARS. Drummer, Seven Antonopoulos is sidelined in a Dallas, TX hospital with severe complications from a dental issue he has been dealing with. Nothing less would have kept the band from the road. OPIATE is due to rejoin the tour on Monday in Nashville, TN.
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, who some have called "the best progressive band since King Crimson," will head out on the road this July.
An update from the band reads: "SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM is hitting the Western roads of North America again in the first half of July, traveling up into Canada just in time for the 4th of July, and back down in to the States to watch the smoke and the hoopla clear, leaving us all yearning for a better anthem and perhaps a weekend class in the traditional clogging of the Sierras.
"Then we get busy planning to document our encounter with the Last Human Being in movie form (more about that as it falls deftly into place). We've recorded some sentimental ditties for this lonely creature, and are in the midst of penning a couple more as we get to know him better, as pathetic, and sad, and ultimately unknowable as he is.
"The Museum is in the midst of planning our next European tour, slated for April '09, centered around the Rock In Opposition Festival in France. That's the news from the curators of the Sleepytime Gorilla Museum."
The band released their third album, "In Glorious Times" (on THE END RECORDS), last spring.
You can watch the animated video for the song "Widening Eye" on YouTube or below. A video for the song "Helpless Corpses Enactment" is also on YouTube and below.
Here are the latest Sleepytime Gorilla Museum tour dates: More...
Having just announced the release date for their upcoming new album, Staind has now announced more tour dates and their first single from the album. Multi-platinum band STAIND has announced the much-anticipated release of "The Illusion Of Progress" (Flip/Atlantic), available August 19. The first single, "Believe," hits radio and iTunes June 24. A worldwide summer tour kicks off July 4 in Muskegon, MI prior to the band's joining the 3 Doors Down bill on July 9 in St. Louis, MO. STAIND will also tour internationally with Nickelback beginning September 8 in Cologne, Germany.
"The Illusion Of Progress" marks STAIND'S sixth studio album and is the follow-up to 2005's RIAA platinum-certified Chapter V. STAIND'S last three studio albums all debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. STAIND joins an elite shortlist of five other artists who have also accomplished this feat, including U2, Dave Matthews Band, System Of A Down, Van Halen, and Disturbed.
"The Illusion Of Progress" was produced by Johnny K and recorded in the home studio of STAIND vocalist Aaron Lewis, with the original band line-up, including Mike Mushok (guitar), Jon Wysocki (drums, percussion), and Johnny April (bass, vocals). The band calls the new project the "most musical CD" they've recorded to date, and even treated their fans to a series of intimate, behind-the-scenes "webisodes" posted on staind.com, documenting their recording process.
Comments Lewis: "We went into the studio with the mindset of making our heaviest record yet, but the record that came out has flavors of Pink Floyd and straight-up blues. We didn't use the same rigs that we use onstage; we used all vintage guitars and amps, and I'm pretty psyched about it! The songs are pretty timeless in their texture."
STAIND'S 1999 major label debut, Dysfunction, was certified RIAA double-platinum, and in the new millennium the band's Break The Cycle was certified 5x platinum, followed by the platinum succession of 14 Shades Of Grey in 2003 and Chapter V in 2005. 2002 saw the release of the gold-certified MTV Unplugged. In 2006, Flip/Atlantic released The Singles: 1996-2006, the band's first-ever hits collection, along with a separate companion DVD, Staind: The Videos.
Coinciding with "The Illusion Of Progress," below are 2008 STAIND tour dates: More...
France’s metal titans GOJIRA are currently finishing the band’s forthcoming album, "The Way of All Flesh," which is currently slated for an October 14 release in North America through Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to the critically-acclaimed "From Mars To Sirius," the album will be available throughout Europe one day earlier through Listenable Records.
GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier recently spoke with MTV’s Chris Harris about the upcoming record. An excerpt from the conversation: "That's the theme — it's about death itself," explained. "It's also about the immortality of the soul. That's the main subject for us. Since we started to play and release albums, we've always talked about the same thing: the soul.
"This album's got a more dramatic feel to it, and some of the lyrics are almost cynical," continued Duplantier. "Usually, with my lyrics, I'm always positive. But on this album, I'm so pissed off with the situation on Earth right now, how we're abusing so much, and we take everything that we can take from the ocean, and we kill off endangered species. So in some of the songs, it's almost like a requiem for the Earth. This record is a lot darker — like, a lot darker, I would say. The music is darker and more violent."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Trivium has issued the following update regarding progress on their latest album and new tour dates:
"We've completed the new album and the music has been delivered to Roadrunner Records and is in the process of being mixed. We're expecting a late September 2008 release. Needless to say we are proud of what we have created and look forward to your reactions when you have a chance to listen to and digest the new music.
"We've got some updated show information for our Japanese friends. In addition to the Tokyo and Osaka installments of the Summer Sonic festivals we've planned a Trivium headline show in Tokyo at Shibuya O-East on August 7th. Tickets are expected to be available July 5th so keep an eye on the Official Trivium Portal and check out the official sites for additional information in the coming weeks.
"As added incentive to get your tickets early we thought we'd mention that our friends in Japan and Australia will be the first to check out a few of the new songs live. We can hardly wait to jam the new music live!! It will be a good time for all of us. So we'll see you in August at the following shows:
August 7 in Tokyo @ Shibuya O- East
August 9 in Tokyo @ the Summersonic Festival
August 10 in Osaka @ the Summersonic Festival
August 13 in Sydney @ Enmore Theater More...
The "Fresh Meat Tour," featuring The Absence, Epicurean, The Destro, and Rose Funeral has officially been cancelled. The Absence has released the following statement:
"First, let us say that we absolutely hate to cancel tours and shows. We love our fans and try so hard to make it to everyone that wants to see us. Alright, so here's the deal everyone... Yes, we have once again had to cancel a tour. BUT, We are quite sick of candy coating everything and making it seem like it's really our fault. First, Rose Funeral had to drop off due to some personal reasons, we wish them the best. As well as, Epicurean having to drop off. After all said and done, The Absence and The Destro decided it wouldn't be worth the 7-8 sometimes 10-12 hour drives between shows for very small amounts of money. These small amounts of money would not even cover gas to get to the next show. Everyone knows how high gas prices are at this time so we need not go into that any further.
"This month-long tour was eventually turned into a 13 day tour after shows and venues were cancelling left and right due to the fact that some booking agents can't do their jobs correctly and end up dealing with 15 year old promoters who are not yet experienced enough with putting on shows that include 4 national acts and have the show be a success. It just doesnt happen. No, we are not 'rockstars.' But we do expect our guaranteed amount of money and decent meals every show. We sometimes drive all night and play shows exhausted as hell to make sure all of our fans are happy. And when our fans are happy we know we've done our job and have no room to complain. But when we can't even afford to get to the first show and probably cant afford to make it home, there's a problem.
"We just can't stay quiet and say we had to drop off for reasons that aren't true. It's all the 'behind the scenes' politics that fans don't realize happen or see. Booking agents dropped the ball. Not the bands. Bottom line. We hope you all understand and still support us and the other bands that were supposed to be apart of this tour as well.
"So, we're sorry to all of you that wont be able to see us this time around but we promise you we'll be back around in the end of 2008 with a full US/Canadian tour."
A new track, titled "Into the Fire," from Throw the Fight’s debut album, "In Pursuit of Tomorrow," can be streamed along with their single "Ready for War" at TuneLab Music. Additional tracks from the album are available on MySpace.
"In Pursuit of Tomorrow" hits stores next Tuesday, June 24th.
Chicago's TUB RING has returned home from playing a few dates with MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE and has osted an update online:
"After 2 weeks on the road doing sold out shows with Mindless Self Indulgence, we’re home writing and recording pre-production for the new album. Says keyboardist Rob Kleiner on new album: 'ue out in 2009, this album will be an exercise in how avantgarde you can make indie pop songs. The name of the game this time is cool and unusual punishment for the listeners.'
"In the meantime check out Tub Ring's remix of the Mindless Self Indulgence hit "Issues" on the upcoming "(It's 3AM) Issues" remix album due out in July via THE END RECORDS. Also keep an eye out for Rob Kleiner's original score in the upcoming feature film "Watch Out," directed by Steve Balderson, which is based on the best selling novel of the same name by Joseph Suglia."
Blacklisted was reportedly denied entry into Canada on Sunday while travelling there for their current tour. Details regarding the denial haven't been disclosed, but according to the group, "We are now banned forever from entering Canada." This Is Hell is still playing the scheduled shows, which run through Saturday.
Matt Drake, frontman of Uk thrashers Evile, has issued the following update about dropping off of Hellfest:
"I am really sorry to announce that EVILE will no longer be appearing at HELLFEST this afternoon."
"This is entirely due to circumstances beyond our control and we are gutted to not be playing such an awesome festival, we hope that everyone who is going has a good time!"
Avemged Sevenfold have posted their new video for the song "Dear God" online. You can check it out below.
The video was shot at the Long Beach Arena on the Taste Of Chaos tour. The groups entire set was also filmed, in preparation for a live CD/DVD due later this year. More...
Metal gods Judas Priest have posted the first music video from their new album "Nostradamus" online at Headbangers Blog. Alternatively, you can check out the video to "War" below.
A posting on the Headbangers Blog website says the video "features witches practicing magic then being burned at the stake, a tyrannical ruler exerting fascist control, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse storming through the sky, fire spreading across the earth, winged beasts reigning destruction and lots more imagery that would have make Hieronymus Bosch giddy with delight." More...
Infamous Iowa nine piece Slipknot have made the title track from their new album "All Hope Is Gone" available to download for free at the RoadRunner Records website (please note, free signup is required.)
Drummer Joey Jordison says of the song: "'All Hope Is Gone' is a classic-style SLIPKNOT track pure and simple, but this fucker is jacked up a few thousand volts! The song, music and theme speak for itself. It's a song about the world at stake: all the situations at hand, be it personal or worldly, and trying to turn things into a positive. Sometimes you have to face the grotesque to bring about something amazing."
"I actually demoed this song alone and didn't know what would come of it as we were nearing the end of the album," he stated. "I was hoping it would make it. I knew it would, once everyone spewed their venom upon it.
Guitarist Gary Holt of Bay Area thrash legends Exodus has posted the following message online:
"While anxiously awaiting our return to Europe for the festival run, we have been quietly working on the Bonded By Blood re-recording in our time off.
"Rob (Dukes) is currently doing vocals in New York, Lee (Altus) is doing his solos and I have some touch-ups to do on July 4th. More...
Alestorm have posted the following message regarding the departure of former drummer Ian Wilson:
"Please welcome into Alestorm, our new drummer, Alex "Hasselhoff" Tabisz! He is from Hamburg in Germany and has already proven himself as an exellent addition to the lineup with his amazing drum skills, hilarious and brilliant guy to hang out with, native German speaker and his uncanny ability to find the only open pub in China town in London at 1:00am!"
New dates have been added to Drowning Pool’s "Know Your Enemy" tour. Here are the latest tour dates:
June 20th in London, ON @ The Embassy
June 21th in Toronto, ON @ The Wreck Room
June 22th in Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau
June 26th in Milwaukee, MI @ Summer Fest 2008
June 27th in Lousiville, KY @ Club Oasis
June 28th in Findley, OH @ The Whiskey Venue
June 29th in Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium
July 1th in New Port Richey, FL @ Bourbon Street Night Club
July 2th in Melboune, FL @ County Line Saloon
July 4th in Los Angles, CA @ Los Angeles Sports Arena
July 5th in Des Moines, IA @ TBD
July 7th in Lansing, MI @ Common Ground Music Festival
July 8th in Lexington, KY @ A1A
July 11th in Little Rock, AR @ Riverfest Amphitheatre
July 12th in Tyler, TX @ Click’s Billards
July 15th in Whichita Falls, TX @ Iron Horse Pub
July 16th in Shawnee, OK @ Fusion Affect
July 18th in Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
July 19th in Peoria, IL @ Heart of Illinois Fair
July 22th in Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
July 23th in Mankato, MN @ What’s Up Lounge
July 26th in Dubuque, IA @ Dubuque County Fair
July 28th in Michigan Center, MI @ Motorheads Bar & Grill
August 1th in Kansas City, MO @ City Market
August 2th in Cedar Rapids, IA @ Guarantee Bank Lot
August 9th in Frisco, TX @ Pizza Hut Park
Nonpoint has added a number of tour dates to their summer touring schedule. Here are the latest Nonpoint tour dates:
Cage Rattles Most Wanted Tour, featuring Nonpoint, The Exies, Deepfield and Under The Flood
06.20.2008 : Mokena, Illinois at The Pearl Room
06.21.2008 : Ft. Wayne, Indiana at Pierres
06.22.2008 : Flint, Michigan at The Machine Shop
06.24.2008 : Traverse City, Michigan at Streeters More...
Brooklyn-based band MADE OUT OF BABIES is preparing for their CD release party on June 24th at Union Pool in Brooklyn, NY, the same day "The Ruiner" is released in stores via THE END RECORDS.
Lead singer Julie Christmas states, "Right now we're practicing to play a harder, faster, heavier, prettier and more difficult set than ever. Running samples, numerous effects and staying on top of drastic dynamic shifts in the songs is something we've never dealt with before. So far, it seems to be coming together nicely - either way the record release show (with Dianogah and The Austerity Program) on June 24th at Union Pool in Brooklyn, NY will be entertaining. A triumph or trainwreck.
"There is another show the next night (June 25th) at Shangri La in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which is an all ages thing with Burning Brides. We also go in to Fearless Music Studios on Thursday the 26th to tape for an upcoming episode of Fearless Music TV on FOX TV. Oh yes, and with new merch in the online store and tour dates scheduled for Europe (as well as some select US shows in the works for August), the next few months should be busy."
Seattle's ESTRADASPHERE have provided the following update on their upcoming projects for 2008 and beyond.
"The post-Palace of Mirrors psychic explosion that Estradasphere has endured is frying all manners of new synapses...
"While the band as a whole will maintain a low profile for the next several months (during bass player/producer Tim Smolens' adaptation to fatherhood), there will be ample opportunity throughout the US and Europe to see smaller-format versions of Estradasphere featuring various combinations of the members, as well as the members' other current projects, including Timb and Jason's outings with the Secret Chiefs 3, Jason's upcoming solo album ‘The Orange Tulip Conspiracy’, and Timb's new trio with Gyan Riley and Scott Amendola.
"Meanwhile, Estradasphere has just wrapped up some fruitful work in the studio with Amander Palmer (Dresden Dolls). After stumbling upon the band at a gig in her hometown of Boston in 2007, Amanda immediately proposed that she and the band do a project together. Tim, Timb, and Jason spent several months arranging and recording several of her tunes, which are now sitting on the pad waiting to be launched. In the meantime, Amanda will appear with Estradasphere this summer at the Rothbury Music Festival. Keep an eye out for future live and studio collaborations between these strange bedfellows..."
The band released "Palace of Mirrors" for THE END RECORDS in 2006 and the accompanying DVD "Palace of Mirrors Live" last fall.
Billboard.com reports that Staind has set an Aug. 19 release date for its next Atlantic album, "The Illusion of Progress." The first single "Believe" will hit U.S. radio outlets on June 24.
"It's a departure from the last record," Staind frontman Aaron Lewis tells Billboard. "There's a lot more effect-y experimentation and a lot more textures with vintage instruments and vintage amps."
The band recorded at the studio that Lewis keeps in his barn with producer Johnny K. And while Staind previously swore to rock even harder this time out, Lewis says it's aware of pressure for another ballad-style track along the lines of such hits as "Outside" and "It's Been Awhile."
"That's what the record label wants," he says. "You're foolish not to [be aware] of that."
"Illusion" is the follow-up to 2005's "Chapter V," which has sold 986,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Staind will be on tour this summer, beginning July 4 in Muskegon, Mich.