Metal News for June 3, 2007
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28 news articles posted on this day.
Profound Lore Records has posted an MP3 excerpt of the track "III" from the upcoming UK extreme doom metal band ATAVIST album "II:Ruined." The full song exceeds 17-minutes.
New singer, Anette Olzon was interviewed by MTV3 Finland about replacing former vocalist Tarja. The 35-year-old Swedish singer is gearing up to front the band for a wave of sold out shows across the USA, following in the late September release of their sixth studio album.
Anette also discusses the possibility of recording a song in her native Swedish.
Youi can watch the video online here.
In another inteview, Anette and Tuomas speak openly about their lives as members of Nightwish. Please note, Anette is speaking in English, and Tuomas in Finnish. He gets the laughs though, and some things transcend any language.
Tenhi's upcoming "Folk Aesthetic 1996-2006" will be released in Europe on August 6, 2007 (US release date not specified). The album will contain loads of unreleased material from the ten year period. Here is a statement from Tyko:
"We just finished mastering the music and completing the cover artwork of the 10th year celebration compilation album called Tenhi 'Folk Aesthetic 1996-2006'. It includes over three hours of rare and unreleased material from the years 1996-2006. The idea is to make a "book-like" format with some info about each song, lyrics and translations and more. I also drew the artwork specially for it. More news posted soon about the release date."
The 3CD album will be packaged as a noble digibook with 76 pages booklet, liner notes and special artwork and drawings by Tyko.
The final track listing of "Folk Aesthetic 1996-2006" is: More...
Elite Chicago Black Metal veterans Ezurate have inked a deal with Rotting Corpse Records for three forthcoming albums, anticipated to be released over a one-year period. Their 2000 debut "Infernal Dominatio" has been completely reproduced (re-recorded, remixed, remastered) using their current lineup and is expected to be made available in July.
"Holocausto and Ezurate are very proud to announce our signing with Rotting Corpse Records, so we can finally get our elite pure armafuckingeddon, soul-raping black metal art and evilness out to the world! Now, we have arrived."
Ezurate's current (True) Lineup is as follows:
Holocausto Inferni (vocals and Impaler of Christianity)
Blackthorn (lead guitar)
Valac (rhythm guitar)
Sir Marbas Daemoneus Hellstorm (percussions)
Midwest metal act Bone Shaker, who released their 14 song demo "Thirteen Ghosts" just last year, has inked a recording deal with North America's Turkey Vulture Records. All parties are very pleased with the deal and can't wait to move ahead. Turkey Vulture Records has made a name with more hardcore acts in the past but is currently expanding into other genres of music.
Turkey Vulture Records is renown for its ongoing series of extreme music compilations entitled "The Harder, The Better" which have been described as "some of the best heavy music compilations out there today" giving bands a great way to spread their music to the masses. "The Harder, The Better" compilations have received excellent reviews worldwide by magazines, radio stations, and several other outlets. Bone Shaker will be one of the featured artists on "The Harder, The Better: Volume Thirteen".
Known for it's true to old school brand of metal, Bone Shaker intend to stay the course and maintain the flavor fans are coming to expect from the quartet. Founding members Gonz and Camille were recently joined mid-tour by new guitarist Scott Matrise and drummer Brian Deharde. The 2006 - 2007 Ghosts On Tour comes to an end July 15th in Mischicott, Wisconsin, and the band will immediately enter T.V.R. Studios to record. The forthcoming as of yet-to-be-titled CD will see release in October, 2007 with a tour to follow.
CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer has issued the following update:
"115 concerts into the Monotheist tour. Our 100th procession of musical morbidity since disinterring the prodigious Celtic Frost took place in Anaheim, California, on April 22, 2007. Incidentally, the venue hosted a 'gospel brunch' earlier that same day. A pitiable holy Sunday, serendipitously desecrated.
And time passes perennially, notwithstanding. Home, briefly, after two and a half months on the road in Europe, the US, and Europe again, we are to take Celtic Frost to an appearance at the Mystic Festival in Poland next week. This will be our first appearance in Eastern Europe, something we had always aspired to do during Celtic Frost's first incarnation many years ago.
And while on subject of touring. In the wake of Celtic Frost's return to the United States to tour as a special guest to TYPE O NEGATIVE in April and May 2007, after our extensive headliner tour last fall, we couldn't help noticing sporadic disparagement about this decision. It seems that some felt that Celtic Frost should not be a "mere special guest", and, more significantly, that we should not be a special guest to Type O Negative. Musical tastes are perhaps debatable. But Type O Negative's deeply respectful conduct towards Celtic Frost isn't. Hardly ever before have we been treated with such consideration, understanding, and appreciation, astonishingly not even by bands who toured with us on equal terms and with equal status.
Think what you wish about them, but we have come to know Type O Negative as a band of integrity and principles, far beyond the mere fact that both bands are mutual fans of each other's work. And not only do we owe Peter Steele, Josh Silver, Johnny Kelly, Kenny Hickey, their road manager Meg MacRae, and their crew a great deal of gratitude, we are also proud to now count them among our friends."
DRY KILL LOGIC has issued the following update:
"The response to the new album, 'Of Vengeance and Violence', has been tremendous. It is awesome to see that our longtime fans are enjoying the new music as well as plenty of new converts to the DRY KILL LOGIC camp, and it is humbling to see so much support after so many years. Our spring 2K6 Euro run was great, Australia was an unforgettable run with FEAR FACTORY and DEVILDRIVER and the fall 2K6 Euro tour was lots of fun. Big ups to Mark 'Fish n Chips' Stickland, Ollie and our longtime compadre Bubba all for respective jobs well done. You couldn't have asked to tour with better people. Geinfeistenvoorg! Nooduitgang!
"Amazing to think that was so long ago.
"Since then, life has been a bit less awe-inspiring; we decided to part ways with Repossession Records soon after our return to the U.S. Call it what you will (and believe me, there are MANY things to call it), but the bottom line is we are back on our own two feet and it feels GREAT. Some people feel content to pour syrup on shit and call it pancakes their whole lives, and having finally rid ourselves of that element leaves us in a much better position than we have been in quite some time. Being a band in today's day and age presents a myriad of challenges, but along with those challenges it also presents many opportunities and there are many things in the works that will allow us to continue bringing our the music to the people that mean the most — the fans.
"Unfortunately, we returned to the U.S. without plans to tour and have yet to find a situation that makes sense for the band — touring in the music industry of today requires a lot more tenacity and hard work than one might expect."
"Of Vengeance and Violence" was released last September. An EP/DVD, entitled "The Magellen Complex", preceded the album in June 2006 via Psychodrama/Repossession Records. Described by the band as a "tribute to the fans," the CD also contained a cover version of GUNS N' ROSES' "It's So Easy", plus an original track called "From Victim to Killer" that was also included on "Of Vengeance and Violence".
Tampa-based death metal legends OBITUARY have issued the following studio update:
"There is so much going on! The most important thing is the recording/mixing of the new CD and that is going amazing! These new songs are so heavy and we are happy and lucky to announce that Ralph Santolla (ex-DEICIDE, ICED EARTH, DEATH) is helping us with some of the guitar work. To have someone like Ralph working with us is totally new to Obituary and I can't tell you how excited we are. This new album, Xecutioners Return, is just coming to life! I know there has been a lot of speculation about what we were going to do for another guitarist now that Allen West is unavailable. It is kind of strange how things work out. We have known Ralph for a long time and it is no surprise how good of a guitar player he is, but what was really nice is how good we work with each other and how good we get along. Not only is Ralph recording with us, but he will also be going with us to Europe in July and on our U.S. Tour in September. We leave for South America tomorrow for the next set of shows and they should be some good ones. We have been to Argentina (a long time ago), but we have never been to Chile or Brazil, so we are looking forward to these shows. When we get home we will finish up the mixing of the new CD and we are on schedule for a late August release!"
Obituary live dates include:
5 - Teatro Teleton - Santiago, Chile *
6 - The Roxy - Buenos Aires, Argentina *
7 - Bar Opiniao - Porto Alegre/RS, Brasil *
8 - Hangar 110 - Sao Paulo/SP, Brasil *
9 - Lapa Multishow - Belo Horizonte, Brasil *
7 - Waldrock Fesival - Holland
Damnation AD's new video for "The Knot" is online here.
The band reunited last year following roughly six years of inactivity and signed to Indecision Records.
IN THIS MOMENT will head overseas this week with DevilDriver for their first European tour, which kicks off with a performance at the renowned Rock Im Park Festival alongside such major artists as Korn and Velvet Revolver. The group recently completed a highly successful North American trek on the inaugural Hottest Chicks In Metal tour supporting labelmates Lacuna Coil. Look for IN THIS MOMENT on Ozzfest all summer long, in addition to a slew of off-dates alongside Static-X. See www.myspace.com/inthismoment for their complete summer touring schedule.
Chris Howorth (guitars) states: “We just wrapped up four months of nonstop touring throughout North America. It was such a blast and we made so many new friends. The bands we played with were amazing people and it was so much fun hanging out everyday. Thank you to our fans who came out and supported us, we love you guys! We leave for Europe this week and we can’t even believe it. We are playing seven festivals and a bunch of off-dates with Devildriver and Life of Agony. This tour will definitely be the largest crowds we've ever played for. We can’t wait to meet all the new people and see all the different countries.
Once we get back to the U.S. we will have a week to get our shit together then it’s off to Ozzfest. This is another unbelievable opportunity for us. We are doing all our off-dates with Static X, so the whole summer should be amazing. When Ozzfest wraps up we will start on another tour that is yet to be announced, but trust me this is going to be a big one. We look forward to seeing you all this summer.
DESPISED ICON kicks off their worldwide touring cycle for their highly acclaimed new album, The Ills of Modern Man, tonight in Philadelphia with The Red Chord, Through The Eyes of The Dead and All Shall Perish. This massive North American tour features an unrelenting lineup from top to bottom, this fan-friendly, affordably-priced tour is sure to be the perfect alternative to the oversaturated festival events. Check the tour section for the complete tour routing.
Alex Erian (vocals) states: “Thanks to everyone that picked up the new disc so far. We’ll have plenty of copies with us on tour so be sure to come by the merch booth. Man, playing alongside The Red Chord, Patrick Swayze from Through the Eyes of the Dead and those fruits in All Shall Perish will be amazing, so you know you can't miss it! We'll also be playing a few new tracks so hopefully we will see you all soon
THERION appear to be planning a return to North America later this year, with the first date to be released being as follows:
November 1 - New York, NY @ HighLine Ballroom
More dates are rumored to be added, and could possibly stretch the entire Northeast.
Four more stops have been announced for Sevendust's upcoming run with Diecast and Point One, they include:
June 24th Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
June 28th Pharr, TX - Graham Central Station
July 14th Fort Wayne, IN - Headwater Park Event Pavilion
July 15th Knoxville, TN - Blue Cats
As I Lay Dying are aiming for an August 21st release date through Metal Blade for their new album "An Ocean Between Us". The group recently discussed the new outing with MTV.com here.
Ex-Eighteen Visions members Keith Barney and Trevor Friedrich have joined forces in a group dubbed Never Enough, you can check them out here.
Guitarworld.com has just launched an exclusive video interview with Ravi and Bobby from JOB FOR A COWBOY. Check out the guys discussing their craziest gigs (hint: Germans & beer), why they don't hate SpongeBob Squarepants, their favorite gear and more.
You can watch the video at Guitarworld and check out Guitar World's August issue (on sale June 5), for a JOB FOR A COWBOY set list and pedal board profile.
Machinery has entered Black Lounge Studio with Jonas Kjellgren as a producer to record the follow-up to last years DEGENERATION. They will take a break for a gig at Sweden Rock Festival next Thursday, June 7, 2007.
Gospel of the Horns have issued the following statement:
"Since the unfortunate situation earlier in 2007 where news was broken on Blabbermouth that Gospel of the Horns had split up and therefore wouldn't be touring again, we've had a hard task convincing people Gospel of the Horns are in fact still 100% active as a band. They are currently preparing to tour Australia with Sodom. Gospel of the Horns are NOT split up and are available for interview as normal. They are also planning, in association with Invictus Productions & Metal Kommand touring, a European tour. No dates have been confirmed yet and it is very much in the early stages of organising but Gospel of the Horns will tour Europe again."
"In other G.O.T.H. related news Black Ace Records from Holland have released the vinyl edition of "Realm of the Damned" in a deluxe gloss, gatefold edition (some come with a killer poster as well). Invictus are currently waiting on copies but we should have them soon. Salutes to KK & B.A.R. for an excellent job."
IBEX MOON RECORDS recording artists, DENIAL FIEND, recently entered the studio to record their much anticipated debut album, "They Rise." Guitarist Sam Williams offered the following update:
"Today we entered GL Studios in Brandon, FL to start recording 'They Rise!' We started with tracking drums. Curt 'the shark' Beeson blazed through three tunes before busting one of the studio's Shure SM57's. Indestructible, my ass! We thought it was pretty funny but the studio staff did not. That cut the session short. But not before we got 'Frankenstein Conquers The World,' 'Son of the Creature,' and the title track down to tape. We would have had 'Flesheaters' down (probably the fastest song on the album), except for the fact that you hear the snare mic getting hit and exploding somewhere during the take! Oh well. We'll be working on drums for the rest of the week, and then starting on guitar overdubs next week."
DENIAL FIEND is the Tampa FL based band featuring in it's ranks Terry Butler (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-MASSACRE, ex-DEATH), Kam Lee (ex-MASSACRE, ex-MANTAS), Curt Beeson (NASTY SAVAGE, LOWBROW) and Sam Williams (DOWN BY LAW, PSEUDO HEROES).
DENIAL FIEND's Dead Awakening 7" EP was released on May 21st, 2007 through IBEX MOON RECORDS. The EP consists of two alternate versions of the tracks "They Rise" and "Cover Me in Blood," which will appear on the band's upcoming full-length to be released this Fall. The pressing will be limited to a mere 500 copies and may be ordered now from the IBEX MOON RECORDS website.
Swedish epic art-rock crushers Cult of Luna will descend upon Download on Sunday (10th June) evening to play their debut set at the famous festival. Download is the first UK festival Cult of Luna have played, and they are looking forward to engaging the crowd on the Tuborg stage with their special brand of light and shade sonic Musings. Guitarist Johannes Persson enthuses:
"The last UK tour was a blast and the reception we got was amazing so getting back to do our first UK festival was not a hard decision...."
Since the release of Cult of Luna's last album ‘Somewhere Along the Highway’ the band have been touring Europe incessantly to rave reviews and crowd reactions.
Expect the set to include the likes of ‘Leave Me Here’ and ‘Dark City, Dead Man (among others) as the sun sets on Donington on Sunday night.
The band will not be accompanied by Erik Olofsson at Download, but as Johannes states, with "6-8 members - you never know who shows up!"..." we have enough guitarists as it is...haha."
Cult of Luna will play the Turborg stage Sunday 10th June at Download festival, scheduled slot 18.55-19.35
Psycroptic have announce a string of Australian shows with Darkest Hour:
June 7th @ Fowlers Live, Adelaide
June 10th @ Come together festival, Luna park, Sydney
June 12th @ Spectrum, Sydney
June 13th @ The Corner, Melbourne
Austria's Krone.at recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett. A rough English-language translation of the interview (which was published in German on the Krone.at web site) follows:
Krone.at: We are looking forward to METALLICA's "Sick Of The Studio '07" tour. Has the itching in your fingers started, yet?
Kirk Hammett: Oh yeah, summer time is always a good time to get out and do some shows. It's the time of the festivals and the weater is nice and warm, everyone's in a good mood. It's really fun for us and really convenient to go out and do some shows in the summer. It isn't so much that we're sick of the studio as it is, we just wanna go out and play and have some fun. And not lose touch of what we are, being a live band. It seems we were in the studio for the last two years. Although we did play some shows last year, but it still seems like we've been in the studio forever.
Krone.at: So it's kind of a withdrawal symptom…
Kirk Hammett: Yes, exactly. We need treatment!
Krone.at: I got the pleasure to see the show of yours on last year's Novarock festival. The one were you had Lemmy Kilmister and that guy from ALICE IN CHAINS on stage…
Kirk Hammett: Yeah, I remember. That was fun…
Krone.at: You know, people still talk about that concert here. Was is that terrific from your point of view as well?
Kirk Hammett: Well, whenever we can get Lemmy on stage and play a couple of songs with him, that's always a terrific thing. 'Cause Lemmy, he's the guy, one of the grandfathers of heavy metal.
Krone.at: Do you remember some other things about Austria or from that day?
Kirk Hammett: Let's see. Well, we played a series of songs from the "Masters of Puppets" album, we played with Lemmy and then we left. (laugh) But Austria is just a beautiful place, Vienna's a beautiful city with a lot of history and beautiful museums I must say. I always love coming here for sure…
Krone.at: I can hardly imagine you strolling through a Viennese museum…
Kirk Hammett: Yeah, I've been to a couple of them. I am the museum kind of guy, believe it or not!
Krone.at: Okay, got me convinced. Why "Sick Of The Studio" anyway? Would you say that you're addicted to cheering crowds?
Kirk Hammett: Totally! If I played my guitar and I looked up, do I wanna see the other three guys of the band or do I wanna see 30,000 cheering people? (laugh) It depends on what mood I am in. If I am in the mood to do some creative things, write some songs, record an album, then I'd rather look into the rest of the band. But if I'm in the mood to just rock out and really have fun and play our best material, I'd rather look up and see a 30,000 fans out there. More...
Glenn Danzig recently spoke to Miami New Times about "The Lost Tracks of Danzig", a two-CD set comprised of 26 previously unreleased tracks that span DANZIG's entire career. All of the tracks were recorded during the band's seven-album "arc" that began with 1988's "Danzig".
"'Lost Tracks' was a big undertaking, that's for sure," Danzig said. "I'm glad that these songs are finally out in the proper form, because a lot of fans have heard really bad Internet versions, or twentieth-generation cassette copies.
"There is a twelve-page booklet inside explaining the history of each lost track, what I think about the song, and why it didn't make it onto the original record," Danzig added. "The song 'Satan's Crucifiction', for example, is actually one of my favorite songs, and I love it. The double guitars, the vocals Â— it's a great song that didn't make it to the album. The main reason was that I wrote it as a joke to piss off the label [Def American]. They were like, 'Please don't do another satanic record, because MTV is playing you guys now, and the radio is playing you guys.' I wrote that song and we called the label guy, threatening him that the record was going to be all satanic. He flew down to the studio in a rage and we wouldn't let him listen to it, and he was all pissed off."
"White Devil Rise" comes from the same 1994 recording sessions as "Satan's Crucifiction", completed with famed producer Rick Rubin. Again, it's another song that could piss people off: It tells a tongue-in-cheek tale of an impending race war in response to a Louis Farrakhan speech. Its author isn't particularly worried about public reaction. "I couldn't give two fucks about everybody," Danzig scoffed. "The only thing that offends me is stupidity. Most of the world is pretty stupid.
"I am not offended being called a white devil," he continues. "In fact I like it." He snickered. "I still write and sing whatever the fuck I want, whenever I want, and how I want."
It's clear by the end of the album that Glenn Danzig is a man who has always followed his own agenda. "Nobody can tell me what to say or do. I don't care if my record is not the number one record. I don't fucking care," he said. "There's not much money in the record business anymore. I could make a jillion dollars doing a MISFITS reunion, but it's never going to happen. Whoever thinks I'm doing this for money can stick a red-hot poker up their ass."
Belgian black metallers ENTHRONED's recordings for their upcoming album, Tetra Karcist have begun under the guidance of Harris Johns (SODOM, VOIVOD). Enthroned have called in the following reinforcements to appear on the album: Ashmedi (MELECHESH), MkM (ANTAEUS), Verderf (ex-VERLOREN/OUROBOUROS), Harris Johns, and Dungeon (ICONOCLASM) will be guests on the new album.
Furthermore, following an upcoming mini-tour of Mexico, an extensive tour is in the works for November/December.
A Girl A Gun A Ghost recently underwent a line-up change as co-founding member and bassist, David Lombardo, left the band. The split was amicable and the group has already filled the position with long-time friend, Chris Hunter.
Belgian grind band Leng Tch'e has officially found a replacement for departed guitarist Geert Devenster. Now joining the band is Peter Goermaere (also of Aborted). Goermaere will make his live debut with the band next week as they begin a brief European tour with Immolation and Krisiun.
Artisan News Service recently caught up with Tom Morello, who discussed getting back to his authentic political roots with the triumphant return of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. You can watch the clip on YouTube.
Morello's debut disc as his political folk alter ego THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, "One Man Revolution", arrived in stores on April 24.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has confirmed four dates on the Rock The Bells tour, in late July in New York City and mid-August in California. The reactivated group has reportedly scheduled a concert in East Troy, Wisconsin on August 24, but there's been no official word on any more RAGE shows. More...
Fresh off their tour with ALL THAT REMAINS, PROTEST THE HERO, BLESS THE FALLEN and THE HOLLY SPRINGS DISASTER, THREAT SIGNAL is hitting the road once again. Soon to embark on a Canadian trek with Relapse recording artist THE END, vocalist Jon Howard offered his thoughts on the excursion:
"We are extremely excited to bring a little homegrown metal to East Coast Canada for the first time with our fellow Canadians, THE END. I hear they are excellent lobster trappers, which complements THREAT SIGNAL nicely since we specialize in catching crabs - haha! Just kidding, ladies. East Coast metal fans, you better put on your party shoes and get ready to have your faces melted. THREAT SIGNAL is coming to town!”
Confirmed Canadian tour dates at this time:
06/20/07 Elwoods – Saint John, NB
06/21/07 The Arts Guild – Charlottetown, PE
06/22/07 The Attic – Halifax, NS
06/23/07 St. Albans Hall – Sydney, NS
06/25/07 The Paramount – Moncton, NB
06/26/07 The Basement – Saint John, NB
06/27/07 Marysville Legion – Fredericton, NB
THREAT SIGNAL's debut album, "Under Reprisal", was released on August 22, 2006 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.