Metal News for June 3, 2008
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19 news articles posted on this day.
Upstate New York's TMT festival has been temporarily postponed. The organizors have issued the following update:
"Due to an unagreeable situation that has arisen with the venue, we are forced to postpone - TEMPORARILY this event. We are currently spending every waking moment searching for a replacement venue that will satisfy both our needs and please all of the bands and fans. The lack of basic cooperation on the part of the venue is what has prompted this decision. We tried in vain to make every effort necessary, but in the end - they failed us."
"There will be two lineup changes - Forbidden had a problem between management and booking, they decided to play another gig that weekend. Metal Mike contacted us when Sebastian Bach decided to go on tour, this tour conflicted with the concert date. We wish both bands good luck in their endeavors."
After the departure of Jason Campbell in April, As We Fight has now announced Esben Elnegaard Kjaer Hansen (Numbnuts, ex-Stomped) as the new vocalist.
Soren Hvidt states: "We are thrilled to announce that Esben Elnegaard Kjaer Hansen (Numbnuts, ex-Stomped) has joined As We Fight as the new vocalist. Esben is by no means new to touring life, which his work with Numbnuts, Stomped and stand-in duties in Nightrage demonstrates. Esben has already performed with us on five occasions, and we are very excited to have him on board!"
Esben Elnegaard Kjaer Hansen is currently locked away in the Smart N Hard Studio with producer Jacob Bredahl (Hatesphere) recording vocals for As We Fight's third album, "Meet Your Maker," which will see a release later 2008.
As We Fight is, furthermore, planning tours for the Fall and Winter in support of the new album. The first couple of shows have already been announced and more will follow the next couple of weeks.
If you recall, back in January the band announced a new singer, who is not even the same as the one who just departed.
Finnish metallers, Omnium Gatherum, have issued the following update:
"The new 4th Omnium Gatherum album, titled 'The Redshift,' is now ready 'n' willing and mixed 'n' mastered. ...And it´s rocking like never before! We´re very satisfied and proud of this work and this is a big leap to the next level!"
"The Redshift" tracklisting is as follows:
2. A Shadowkey
3. Chameleon Skin
4. No Breaking Point
5. The Return
6. Shapes And Shades
7. The Redshifter
9. The Second Flame
10. Song For December (prelude to DLF)
11. Distant Light Highway More...
As previously reported, Bret Michaels' solo album, "Rock My World," came out today via VH1 Classics. Best known from his days in Poison, as well as his VH1 reality show "Rock Of Love," Bret has returned to making new music with his third solo album.
"As soon as I ever start to just go through the motions I’ll quit," confessed the 44 year old singer, songwriter, producer, director and actor in a recent interview.
Setting his musical sights beyond Poison, Michaels released his debut solo album, "Songs of Life," in 2003 followed by the rootsy, Americana flavored sophomore record "Freedom of Sound" in 2005.
Here are the upcoming Bret Michaels tour dates: More...
Swedish metallers, The Law, post a new song sample on their MySpace page entitled "Suburban Satan." The song comes off their upcoming album, entitled "Distorted anthems from the suburbs." A release date for the new album will be confirmed next week.
New York death metal band, Blood Obsession, are currently seeking a Lead Guitarist.
Blood Obsession are looking for the following qualifications according to their MySpace page:
"-We have one Full-Length CD out and are preparing to go into the studio again this summer.
-We have our own practice spot in the Hudson, NY area.
-We are members of the New York Death Militia Upstate NY Chapter
-We play a lot of shows and have played with such bands as: Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Incantation, Mortician, Anal Cunt, Unleashed, Krisiun, Belphegor, Skinless, Vital Remains, Deceased.
-We are influenced by the following bands: Cannibal Corpse, Nile, My Dying Bride, Nevermore, Carcass.
Here's what you should bring to the table:
-Skill, Experience and DEDICATION. We're all professional musicians and you should be too.
-A source of income that allows time for practice in the evenings and shows on the weekends.
-A good attitude
-A love and knowledge of Extreme Metal.
Here's what we don't want:
-Anyone into "core"
HANZEL UND GRETYL have added a stop in Columbus, OH on their upcoming "DÖPPEL ÜBER DEATH" tour. The following dates are confirmed:
6/12 Rebel - New York, NY
6/13 Buddas Place - Newport News, VA
6/14 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
6/15 Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
6/16 The Opera House - Toronto, ON
6/17 Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL
6/18 Skully's - Columbus, OH
6/19 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
6/20 Club Bijou - Toledo, OH
6/21 Mr Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA
6/22 The Haunt - Ithaca, NY More...
Vancouver death/thrash band Gross Misconduct has secured U.S. distribution through The End Records.
Gross Misconduct’s debut album, “The Process of Indoctrination,” is now available through The End’s online mail order site, the Omega Order.
“Having our music available to as many people possible is our primary goal, and we’re stoked to be working alongside The End towards achieving that,” said Gross Misconduct vocalist/guitar player, David London. More...
AOL Music is streaming "Rock My World" from Poison frontman Bret Michaels as well as North Carolina screamo band Alesana's new album, "Where Myth Fades to Legend" in their entirety. Both albums arrive in stores today in North America.
Massachusetts four-piece, The Acacia Strain, is set to embark on a month-long headlining tour this summer. The SUN YOUR BUNZ tour, which kicks off in Buffalo on May 30th, will run through the end of June, leveling 26 cities along the way. Adding to the onslaught are fellow Massachusetts hardcore veterans, Since the Flood, and Nuclear Blast’s, All Shall Perish, who will be along for the duration of the tour. The Warriors (Victory Records) and Eternal Lord (Ferret Music) round out the lineup as they perform on select dates. SUN YOUR BUNZ will finish up on June 29th in Holyoke, MA, just minutes outside The Acacia Strain’s hometown of Springfield, where the band will have their set filmed for an upcoming DVD. The band will then bring the brutality overseas for a European tour with Annotations of an Autopsy and Knights of the Abyss.
"This is the best time of year to tour,” says The Acacia Strain vocalist, Vincent Bennett. “I couldn't ask for a better group of dudes to spend my time on the road with. Excited to see old friends and meet new ones. It is going to be a killer June. Come on out and SUN YOUR BUNZ!"
The Acacia Strain is also gearing up for the release of their fourth studio album, "Continent," which is due out on August 19th on Prosthetic Records. The band had the opportunity to work with acclaimed producer, Zeuss,(Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, God Forbid) on the release.
"We don't remember when writing a record felt this good,” explains the band’s guitarist, DL. “Continent has something to it that we never really tried before; some uncharted territory, but at the same time still left us room to do what we love doing best. There's a little something for everyone on this one...even that guy."
Here are the latest The Acacia Strain tour dates: More...
Candlemass have been forced to cancel their show tomorrow (June 4th) in Albuquerque, New Mexico at The Launchpad due to a fire at the club. No details have been given how the fire started or how serious it is and no word yet if the show will be rescheduled.
Candlemass will re-release the albums "From The 13th Sun" and "Live" which will include bonus tracks.
Dragonforce has announced that they will release their new album on August 25th. The album has been titled "Ultra Beatdown" and features eight songs. The tracklisting for the album is as follows:
"Heroes Of Our Time," "The Fire Still Burns," "Reasons To Live," "Scars Of Yesterday," "Heartbreak Armageddon," "The Last Journey Home," "Inside The Winter Storm" and "The Warrior Inside."
Tennessee's WHITECHAPEL has just finished a complete overhaul on their MySpace page to coincide with their upcoming release This is Exile, available everywhere July 8th. In conjunction with the redesign, WHITECHAPEL released the first single (title track) off their upcoming Metal Blade debut, "This is Exile," on Sunday June 1st. You can also check out the album's artwork and track listing on their MySpace page.
This is Exile track listing:
1. Father of Lies
2. This Is Exile
4. To All That Are Dead
6. Somatically Incorrect
7. Death Becomes Him
8. Daemon (The Procreated)
9. Eternal Refuge
10. Of Legions
Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the US melodic metal band Theocracy for the release of their sophomore album, Mirror of Souls.
“We’re very excited to finally get this album out,” says band founder Matt Smith. “Ulterium really understands what we’re about, and they believe in this record. We’re really looking forward to working together.”
Ulterium Records owner Emil Westerdahl shares that excitement, saying, “I’ve been a fan of Theocracy since the release of their debut album, and I'm thrilled about this opportunity to work together with them on Mirror of Souls. This album will surely be received very well by both critics and fans, and exciting times are definitely ahead for Theocracy!” More...
New York death thrashers, Invidia, have found a new bassist. They have issued the following welcoming message on their MySpace page:
"We're are happy to announce we have found a new bassist. Not only is he extremely talented, he looks just like Rob Halford!!! And no he's not gay."
"His name is Ray Peterson, and has been playing bass for over 30 years. Ray was also one of Jaco Pastorius top students, and believe me, it fucking shows!!! Ray has also just finished writing an Advanced Bass Technique book soon to be published once all revisions have been made. It features pieces such as Bach, Beethoven and tons of solos that Jaco Pastorius himself had played in his live years. More info on that soon to come." More...
Legacy of Hate's fourth full-length album, "Unmitigated Evil," will hit the stores on June 6th 2008. Now you can view the brand new eCard, which includes a new track, "Blindfold Aggression," and some more album and band info.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have issued the following update:
"It's been a long time since the last update, too long, and we're sorry. Oh come on don't act pissy, we didn't forget about you. Excuuuuuuse us, we were just busy kicking ass.
First off, thanks to Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Here's what we learned during that time: More...
Bay Area thrash legends Testament have recently finished shooting their new music video for the song "More Than Meets The Eye". You can check out behind the scenes footage of the shoot at the bottom of this article. You can also view photos from the video at this location.
You can catch Testament live this summer on the Metal Masters Tour with Judas Priest, Heaven And Hell and Motorhead. More...
Russian heavy machine ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY has just signed a multiple album contract with Brutal Bands. After the release of "In The End Of Human Existence" through Lacerated Enemy Records, the band decided to move forward with a contract with Brutal Bands. The first release will be a re-release of "In The End Of Human Existence." This release will feature new cover art, layout, shirts, and package deals. Look for their next release, which is already in development, for 2009.
Scott Ellingboe of Brutal Bands adds: "After working things out with Lacerated Enemy Records, I'm excited to have Abominable Putridity onboard with us now. I've watched this band develop quite a fanbase in a very short time with their first release. Although "In The End Of Human Exsistence" will be a re-release, I believe we will have many distribution opportunities for it, along with their next full length due in 2009."