Metal News for June 28, 2007
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Testament have inked a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group will enter the studio late summer/early fall to record its long-awaited new album for a March 2008 release.
Original Testamentmembers Alex Skolnick (guitar), Chuck Billy (vocals), Greg Christian (bass), and Eric Peterson (guitar), along with new drummer Nick Barker (ex-Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth), have finished writing more eight or nine songs for the group's long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering".
Testament parted ways with Spitfire Records earlier in the year (the Spitfire Records catalog was acquired last summer by Redux Records, the company formerly known as Sheridan Square Entertainment).
Spitfire released a Testament compilation, "The Spitfire Collection", in February. Consisting of tracks from such Spitfire titles as "The Gathering", "Demonic", "Live at the Fillmore", "First Strike Still Deadly" and "Live in London", the 14-track set chronicles an era that ultimately saw the original TESTAMENT reunite for a successful 2005 tour.
Just For Fun
Reuters reports: Air guitars just got real. Japanese toy makers unveiled "air guitar" gadgets at the annual Tokyo International Toy Show that, thanks to heat and motion sensors, actually make music.
"This is a toy that allows anybody to sound and feel like a rock star," said Keishi Abe, who was demonstrating Takara Tomy Corp's "Air Guitar Pro."
The gadget has 10 songs, including Deep Purple's "Smoke On the Water," programmed to play automatically and is set to hit the market next month. It can also be connected to an MP3 music player or a speaker system, the manufacturer says.
Manufacturers also showcased air guitars that could be attached to your wrist and which blasted music as you moved.
"You just put it on your wrist and shake your arm once so it will play one phrase. In order to play an entire song, you just keep moving your arm so even children can easily play music," said Nana Kaneko, who was playing "Air Musician" by Tokyo-based toy maker Mega House.
The air guitar, an imaginary instrument used when pretending to play the guitar, has become popular in Japan in recent years. Ochi "Dainoji" Yosuke of Japan won the 2006 World Air Guitar Championships held in Finland.
Even robots toys seemed eager to join the craze: at the show were three small humanoid robots who were playing air guitars.
Australia's X-Press Online recently conducted an interview with Hellyeah frontman Chad Gray. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
"We wanted to bring the personality of the members out in the music. There are so many bands out there right now where everything's serious and completely political and anti-human. And we didn't want to be that band. We grew up with bands like AC/DC — it's about having a good time and letting your hair down and not listening to the preacher tonight."
On former bassist Jerry Montano's recent sacking, which is rumored to have been a result of letting his hair down a bit too far recently (read: being thrown out of a club after punching guitarist Tom Maxwell then threatening to return with a gun):
"I'm not going to get into it but it was definitely bizarre how it went down. But we just kind of moved past it, we had to do the right thing and Jerry understood that — and that was where it was amicable. You've always got to keep moving forward (Damageplan's Bob Zilla now plays bass) and I mean we're very passionate about this. We don't look at it as a side band, we look at this as another band that we all play."
On how Hellyeah's music has given him a sense of freedom:
"I'm an artist in many areas and I can exercise the demons from my past and I can speak out on things that bother me. It's a very freeing experience to go and put down songs and to be able to re-live it every day. Sometimes that can be painful though if you write about the wrong thing. . . Sometimes you’re like, 'Oh, I'm glad I got that off my chest,' but the next thing you know you're singing it and re-living that experience every single day. It kind of freaks you out.
"In the beginning of Mudvayne I really wore my life on my sleeve to the point where you could go through there and see some of the stuff I've been through. I still do that to a certain point."
Hellyah are among the artists featured on the "Madden NFL 08" 29-song soundtrack, according to MTV.com, and are featured with the likes of Shadows Fall, Ozzy, and Atreyu. The game is expected to ship on Aug. 14.
Epica and Sonic Syndicate's June 21, 2007 performances at the Underground in Cologne, Germany were filmed and will be broadcast on August 6 via the German TV channel WDR. The "Rockpalast Bootleg" show will air between 0:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.
An audio sample of a brand new Epica track, entitled "Menace of Vanity", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the band's new album, "The Divine Conspiracy", due out this fall. The tracklist is as follows:
1. Indigo ~ prologue
2. The Obsessive Devotion
3. Menace of Vanity
4. Chasing the Dragon
5. Never Enough
6. La'petach Chatat Rovetz ~ the Final Embrace
7. Death of a Dream ~ the Embrace that Smothers part VII
8. Living a Lie ~ the Embrace that Smothers part VIII
9. Fools of Damnation ~ the Embrace that Smothers part IX
10. Beyond Belief
11. Safeguard to Paradise
12. Sancta Terra
13. The Divine Conspiracy
Sonic Syndicate entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64 with its second release, "Only Inhuman" — an impressive feat considering the Swedish group has never performed in the country before. The album also landed at No. 22 on the Swedish chart.
The career accomplishments of three-time Swedish Grammy Award nominated ENTOMBED are more than extensive. Pioneering the early European Death Metal sound, the band has consistently delivered recordings always one ahead of their peers. Now with "Serpent Saints" long time fans will find an invigorated and streamlined quartet ready to carve yet another notch in already impressive career.
"Serpent Saints" closes a now four year gap; the album following the 2004 special 2xCD reissue of the band's "Inferno" album (originally released by Koch then reissued by Candlelight in 2004). The album presents the band continuing to expand their signature sound as they embrace ten brand new songs.
With European dates already booked the band look to return to the US for the first time since 2004 in late fall/early winter 2008. Even with the first glimpse via the widely-respected and now collected early NIHILIST material (special demo album available now from Candlelight), listeners and now decade-long fans knew early on that ENTOMBED was to go far. Since their formation, giving rise to the classic "Swedish Death Metal" sound, the recently inducted Decibel Magazine's "Hall Of Fame" band have consistently upped the ante on each and every album, often adding unexpected curves along the way.
Fans have come to respect the band's experimentation and with the arrival of "Serpent Saints" fans will again find quality Metal and unique presentations from a band that so many respect and so few can rival.
Here is the complete track listing:
01. Serpent Saints
02. Masters Of Death
04. Thy Kingdom Coma
05. When In Sodom
06. In The Blood
08. The Dead, The Dying And The Dying To Be Dead
09. Warfare Plague Famine Death
10. Love Song For Lucifer
Sweden's WITHIN Y have posted this message on their official website:
"Sorry for the lack of updates the last months. We've had some things to take care of. We will soon start the recording of our new album, sometime during September/October if everything works out as it should. We have a bunch of new killer songs and we want to give you a little peek on what's going on, so please check back every once in a while during the summer, and you'll soon have a demo version of a new WITHIN Y track on your computer! Over and out.
Chad Bowar from About Heavy Metal recently conducted an interview with SANCTITY vocalist Jared MacEachern. Here are some extracts from the conversation:
Chad Bowar: "Road To Bloodshed" has been out for a little while now. What has the response been like?
Jared MacEachern: "We have been getting good response from our shows. Our last tour was in Europe and was really good for us. It seems the record is getting some good reviews and is doing well. We're really happy with it."
Chad Bowar: How would you describe SANCTITY's sound?
Jared MacEachern: "We are just a metal band. It's definitely got some Thrash to it. It has melodic parts and it has heavy parts. I would describe us as a Thrash Metal band."
Chad Bowar: How did you come up with the title "Road To Bloodshed"?
Jared MacEachern: "It sounds cool. That's why we decided on it. It also signifies where we have been and how we got to this point."
Chad Bowar: You were brought to Roadrunner's attention by Matt (Heafy) from TRIVIUM. Had you been in contact with any other labels at that point?
Jared MacEachern: "We had thought about it, but we hadn't got around to getting our stuff out just yet when we met Matt. He just passed it straight to Roadrunner. It was great for us."
Chad Bowar: Your next tour is with SYMPHONY X, who are veterans. What are your expectations for those shows?
Jared MacEachern: "Maybe a little less moshing. Hopefully we will play a good show and people will enjoy it. I've learned to just because people stand there doesn't mean they don't like us. Maybe they are just listening and watching and trying to figure out what it is that they do like."
Chad Bowar: When did you start getting into metal music?
Jared MacEachern: "I was probably about 12 years old. A buddy of mine had a copy of METALLICA's Black album and he played me the song 'Unforgiven'. I was hooked immediately. Then after that another buddy of mine gave me an old dubbed copy of 'Kill 'Em All'. I didn't even know music could sound like that."
The Dillinger Escape Plan recently entered the studio with producer Steve Evetts (Saves The Day, Earth Crisis, Sepultura) to begin recording its new album for a late 2007 release via Relapse. The upcoming CD will feature the drumming of Stolen Babies' Gil Sharone following the departure of Chris Pennie (he now plays drums with Coheed And Cambria). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Saigon Whore", "Doll Keeper" and "Party Smasher".
"Know that what we are in the process of recording will be everything we have ever been capable of, and now more. This last year, and how we have gotten through it and to the place we are now, will define all of our lives for a long time. You will hear it in the music and words when you hear this album, and when you see us play live you will see the newfound energy that we now have from making it through all this together. There have been so many times when (Gil) has been playing and we just laugh because (what)he's doing is so out of control. You know when someone is so good at something you can't do anything but laugh? Well Gil is cracking us up. This guy is a SAVAGE. Drum tones sound monsterous, Steve Evetts is getting sounds Bonzo would rise from the grave for. We can't wait for you all to hear this."
Ire Works is scheduled to complete recording at the end of July, and release in October or early November, afterwhich they will play several dates in Germany with Meshuggah.
Machine Head has replaced Bullet For My Valentine as one of the opening acts for Metallica on July 8 at the Wembley Stadium in London, England. Also scheduled to appear are H.I.M. and Mastodon.
Bullet For My Valentine cancelled its appearance at Wembley and several other European dates in order to allow frontman Matt Tuck to undergo tonsillectomy (a surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed).
Professionally filmed video footage of Machine Head's entire performance at the Download festival on June 9, 2007 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England has been posted at YouTube.
Swallow the Sun will followup their first-time fall U.S. tour supporting Katatonia with a handful of Spain & Portugal appearances beginning in October. Plans for more dates across Europe hope to be confirmed.
With supporting band, Helevorn:
31.10.2007 Ritmo y Compas, Madrid, Spain
1.11.2007 Nautico, Valladolid, Spain
2.11.2007 Sala Culto Bar, Lisbon, Portugal
3.11.2007 Sala Capitol, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
4.11.2007 Sala Paraninfo, Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Spain
MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine has put one of his ESP DV8 guitars up for auction on eBay. The ESP comes from his personal collection and has been personally signed by him (with a black sharpie)
# Construction: Neck-thru-body
# Scale Length: 25.5”
# Body: Mahogany
# Neck/Fretboard: 3-pc. maple/ebony
# Inlays: 8 ball on 1st fret and dots
# Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz set
# Electronics: 2 volume, tone, 3-way toggle
# Hardware: Black
# Tuners: Sperzel locking
# Straplocks: Dunlop flushmount
# Bridge: Tone Pros locking w/string-thru-bridge
# Binding: White (neck, headstock)
# Frets: 24 jumbo
# Color: Silver
# Deluxe ESP Hardcase Included With Guitar
Currently the bid is at $1,500
Read the full article at ebay.
Bleed the Sky post and update on their recording efforts, "We have been extremely busy and focused on the progress of the [second Bleed The Sky] album. We finished all the guitars, bass, and drums for the album last week. We are currently working on all the vocal tracks at Christian's [guitarist/producer Christian Olde Wolbers of Fear Factory] studio. Everything sounds fucking awesome, and we are stoked for everyone to hear the new material. We will be planning to release track that we will release for everyone to hear in the near future. The album title will be 'Murder The Dance', featuring 12 tracks, (as opposed to the previous blog we released a month back), and is slated for a fall release. Also on this album we had a good and long time friend of the band, Jeremy Hall, come in for guest vocals for a track. He is the vocalist for the southern California metal band Audkik, who have played multiple shows and drank great amounts of alcohol with us for years, and we have always been fans of their sound. We saw fit to have him come in and he did a great fucking job."
Bleed The Sky's debut album, 'Paradigm in Entropy', was released in 2005 on Nuclear Blast Records.
Destruction have added a few more dates to their summer schedule, the complete list below:
6/30 - Trinec, Czech Republic - Trinec, Noc Plna Hvezd 2007
7/21 - Castelvolturno (Caserta) Italy , S-Hammer Metal Fest IV
7/22 - Xanthi, Greece - Metal Healing Festival
8/4 - Wacken, Germany - W:O:A
8/6 - Portugal - Lagoa Burning Live
8/7 - Eeklo, Belgium - Meetjeslands Metalfest 4 (MMF 4)
8/22 - Tokyo, Japan - Thrash Domination Festival
8/23 - Tokyo, Japan - Thrash Domination Festival
As previously reported, Destruction recently announced November tour dates for England, Ireland and Scotland to followup.
Coldworker drummer Anders Jakobson checks in from the road, currently on tour with Misery Index and Dew-Scented throughout Europe, to vent some much needed misery at the ongoing challenges they face as they take thier fledgling Swedish death metal to the masses.
"The (München, Germany) show was OK, we are sort of suffering from "first band disease" which means that the people who are coming to these shows are basically there to rock out to Misery Index and Dew-Scented. But never mind - it's fun to play anyway."
The three bands went on to play Schweinfurt with Converge, Rise and Fall, Animosity, Job for a Cowboy, Bring me the Horizon and a few others, but things weren't really looking up. Jakobsen tries to look on the bright side, "The crowd was a little bit held back, but the venue was quite cool and of course I got to see Converge again.
The night ended with a loud thunderstorm, which was rumoured to come during the festival, but fortunately it came while we were in our hotel beds." More...
Lawyers for the first man sentenced to death in Vermont since 1957 appeared before a federal appeals court Wednesday, trying to get his punishment overturned on a variety of grounds, including comments prosecutors made about the T-shirt he wore for his killing spree.
Donald Fell (photo), 27, wore a shirt celebrating the heavy metal band SLAYER when he and an accomplice stabbed his mother and one of her friends to death in Rutland, Vt., after a night of heavy drinking in 2000.
He was wearing the same shirt when he carjacked and kidnapped a stranger, Terry King, as she arrived for work at a nearby supermarket.
Fell later beat and kicked the 53-year-old North Clarendon, Vt., woman to death after driving her to upstate New York.
It was that last crime — the carjacking and murder — that landed Fell on death row. Vermont does not have a death penalty, but Fell was charged under a federal law that allows capital punishment in certain types of kidnap killings.
PiercingMetal.com has filed a review and uploaded pictures from veteran vocalist Doro Pesch's June 5th show at B.B. King's in New York City, NY. SAVATAGE / TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery, also a member of Doro's band, opened the show. Go to this location to check out the material.
Doro's tour schedule is now as follows:
29 - Open Air - Trinec, Czech Republic
30 - Monsters Of Rock - Kavarna, Bulgaria
4 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
5 - Garage - Saarbrücken, Germany
6 - Mönchsdeggingen, Germany - Festalle Mönchsdeggingen
14 - MC Lo Siempre Festzelt - Waldstetten, Germany
21 - Cat Rock Festival - Uelsen, Germany
5 - Stenbersky Kopec - Stenberg, Czech Republic
16 - Summer Breeze Festiva l- Dinkelsbühl, Germany
25 - Summer's End Open Air - Andernach, Germany
1 - Rock Open Air - Duisburg, Germany
19 - Metal Female Voices V - Wieze, Belgium
Canadian all-female hard rock group Scarlet Sins announced today the addition of Elie Bertrand as their new drummer. This announcement follows six months of searching at home and abroad for the perfect band mate.
"Not only did we need someone with talent, but we also needed to find a drummer who understood and loved our music," said Scarlet Sins guitarist Cristina Bishop. "Elie exceeded all of our expectations."
Bertrand was born and raised in Montreal and has been playing drums since she was five years old. Not only does she play hard rock music, but she is also trained in jazz, funk, blues and latin grooves. She is now sponsored by Sibertdrum and has her own signature Los Cabos drumsticks.
"I'm really honoured to be part of the Scarlet Sins family," said Bertrand. "This project is exactly what I always wanted - a killer sound with three kick ass visionary women."
Having just finished the band's first photo shoot with legendary photographer Barrie Wentzell, Bertrand's first live appearance with Scarlet Sins will be in August.
This all-female quartet has been touring Ontario since 2004 and will be releasing their self-titled debut this fall. The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Richard Chycki (Rush, Aerosmith, Dream Theater's James LaBrie) at Vespa and Mixland Music studios, and mastered by Brett Zilahi (Nickleback,Alexisonfire) at Joao Carvalho Mastering.
Scarlet Sins is a rarity in the metal scene, conveying a progressive and heavy emotional sound.
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According to an unconfirmed report by Hall of Metal, Arch Enemy have set "Rise of the Tyrant" as the title of their follow-up to 2005's "Doomsday Machine", tentatively due on September 25 via Century Media Records. The CD was produced by Fredrik Nordström at the new Studio Fredman in Hyssna, Sweden and will feature artwork by Niklas Sundin of Cabin Fever Media.
This release comes as a satisfied end to the band's scheduled eight-week stint at the notorious metal factory, where they recorded.
Vocalist Angela Gossow previously stated about the upcoming LP, "I experimented quite a bit with doubling vocal lines on the last album, which I now feel kind of took personality and vocal attack away. So this time it's the classic, one-vocal-track, no-frills, no-effects approach."
This album has Arch Enemy reuniting with Nordström, who last worked with the band on 2001's breakthrough "Wages of Sin". "Fredrik produced that record and I think the material we have is a little bit more in that vein," guitarist Michael Amott told Decibel magazine. "It's more intense than what we've seen on the last couple of albums. We went back a little bit to what we did on 'Burning Bridges' and 'Wages of Sin', with more riffs, more melodies, a bit more stuff going on, more action-packed."
"Rise of the Tyrant" track listing:
01. Blood on Your Hands
02. The Last Enemy
03. I Will Live Again
04. In This Shallow Grave
05. Revolution Begins
06. Rise of the Tyrant
07. The Day You Died
08. Intermezzo Liberté (instrumental)
09. Night Falls Fast
10. The Great Darkness
Solace of Requiem is close to finishing the paperwork for their eight new tracks that are scheduled to be produced and engineered by the "Living Legend" Andy Classen at Stage-One-Studio in Borgentreich, Germany this October. SOR plans to shop at least four of the new tracks to prospective labels as a demo. The remaining tracks will be kept as a failsafe measure in the event that they would be forced to release the material on their own. However, the band feels confident that a label will recruit them after hearing the demo recording. Solace of Requiem is also planning a possible Guest Spot (Or Two) on the new album.
"It was such a huge thrill to have Bret Hoffmann on the Utopia Reborn CD, that it would be foolish not to explore the possibility of having one or more Legends of the Game come in to the studio and add some tracks to the mix......."
Currently the band is seeking a second guitarist to accompany Chris for recording and European dates this fall. This is an excellent opportunity for any dedicated musician looking to go pro.
The job description is as follows: learn the number tab “independently” in a little over one month (starting immediately) / Begin a practice regimen as a complete band in Virginia Beach, Virginia for approx one month (prior to leaving for Germany in October) / Record the new CD in Germany / Go on a small tour after recording the CD.
As stated in the press release by Solace of Requiem, the ideal candidate should be equipped with a valid passport, as the band plans to make their decision soon.
This is what you get out of the deal: "Keep in mind that all of this info would be included in a binding contract between the guitarist and band. Once terms have been reached, both parties will be required to sign the contract! You will be paid a one-time flat rate for your participation in the entire endeavor. You will receive thirty percent of that flat rate upon signing. The other seventy percent will be given to you upon successful completion of your duties. The total amount of that rate would be determined by your experience and abilities. You will not be required (in any way) to pay travel expenses for yourself or your EQ. Once you’ve arrived in Virginia Beach (until you get back to your own home) you will be given free drinks, fed one meal a day, have a bed to sleep in every night and you will be
expected to pay for nothing except for personal things through the trip’s duration."
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