Metal News for June 4, 2007
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Greece's Rock Hard magazine conducted an interview with METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo on May 22, 2007. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow (translated from Greek):
Rock Hard Greece: Could you describe the new album's sound? Lars Ulrich, just before the release of "St. Anger", had — very accurately — described it as raw, ugly and unpolished. Can you come up some adjectives for the new album?
Trujillo: "I would say that this is album is dynamic, heavy, groovin' and you'll probably be excited to know that there will be guitar solos on it! In addition, Lars remembered to tune his snare drum properly this time! For me, this album incorporates part of the dynamic and character of 'Master of Puppets', as well as the melodic style that people liked in the 'black album,' as far as the melodies are concerned. As for the general music style, much of the current material is groovy, heavy, dynamic and surely interesting. I would say that it's different than 'St. Anger' — in a good way, of course."
METALLICA lead guitarist Kirk Hammett recently told Austrian web site Krone.at that he thinks the band's upcoming album is "the best album we've put out in, say, fifteen years." Hammett added that the record contains "just a really spectacular range of songs. This time we're not afraid to refer to our past music in order to create future music. People will see that we've kind of embraced our old vocabulary again and are using that vocabulary to express new things...I think with this album we're definitely going a little more back into our roots."
Hammett also hinted that the new record features "a lot of really, really fast songs, a whole lot of really heavy stuff. We changed our approach to writing the songs...There's a lot of changes that we've made, but I believe that they are all for the better."
The guitarist said that while the band had also written some "slower and melodic" tunes, he wasn't sure if any would make the final track listing.
METALLICA has been working on the follow-up to 2003's "St. Anger" with producer Rick Rubin since earlier this spring.
The band will now head out on a European festival run before returning to complete the album later this summer. An early 2008 release is planned.
TRIVIUM has issued the following update:
"We want to thank everyone who came out to support the shows and all the bands on the recently completed European leg of The Crusade World Tour.
"After 8 months of non-stop worldwide touring we are heading home to Florida for some time off until the Family Values Tour kicks off across North America on July 20th.
"The past eight months of touring 'The Crusade' started off last October 2006 and saw us storm across North America on a headline run (with friends THE SWORD, PROTEST THE HERO, SEEMLESS, SANCTITY and CELLADOR) then over to Europe to finish off the year supporting the mighty IRON MAIDEN. We then started up again in early January 2007 and headed off to Japan and then over to Australia and New Zealand for the Big Day Out. After that we came back through North America (with good friends LAMB OF GOD, MACHINE HEAD and GOJIRA) then immediately hopped on a plane over to Europe again for a massive 65-day headliner (supported by ANNIHILATOR, GOJIRA and SANCTITY). No rest for the wicked...
"We want to thank the bands ANNIHILATOR, GOJIRA and SANCTITY, our management, Roadrunner Records worldwide, Bravado, The Agency Group, the promoters all of our support teams our tour management and production teams the crews, everyone who helped put this tour together and made it happen. We also want to thank our family and friends and those who help us to do we do. Most importantly, we want to thank YOU — THE FANS — who came out to the shows and who make all of this possible. Thanks for coming out to the shows and banging your heads and whatever else you banged. We appreciate it. Keep an eye out soon for some exciting tour news to come shortly as we have some fun plans to finish up the last few months of 2007.
"Below are some interesting facts around this leg of The Crusade World Tour:
51 cities visited
11,800 miles traveled
7 gallons engine oil
1757 gallons Diesel
176 cases of water
88 cases of beer
tons of wine
44 bottles of vodka"
Long sought after as a collectors' import item, NAPALM DEATH's 28-track live album, "Punishment in Capitals", is finally being released for the first time in the United States by Armoury Records (distributed stateside by Eagle Rock Entertainment) on June 12.
This deathball of metal history, recorded in 2003 London at the ULU, features vocalist Barney Greenway, guitarists Mitch Harris/Jesse Pintado, bassist Shane Embury and drummer Danny Herrera at the height of their stonecold headbanging heaviness…a solid hour of such.
Epitomizing the essence of what came to be known as "grindcore," NAPALM DEATH was born in Birmingham, England in 1981. Running out of original members by the time its second album came out, the band at first consisted of a revolving door of thrash and hardcore luminaries, many who have gone on to form other such bands as CARCASS, GODFLESH, CATHEDRAL and others. The current lineup, though, has been solvent since '91, sans Pintado, who passed away in 1996.
Eagle Rock Entertainment develops, acquires and produces music programming for a wide range of notable and high profile artists, which the company distributes on a worldwide basis. Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eagle Vision and Eagle Eye Media are wholly owned divisions of Eagle Rock Group, Ltd.
"Punishment in Capitals" track listing:
01. Lucid Fairytale
02. Take The Poison
03. Next On The List
04. Constitutional Hell
05. Suffer The Children
06. Cleanse Impure
08. Breed To Breathe
10. The World Keeps Turning
11. Can’t Pay Won't Play
12. Unchallenged Hate
13. Volume Of Neglect
16. From Enslavement To Obliteration
19. The Kill
21. You Suffer
22. Cure For A Common Complaint
23. Mass Appeal Madness
24. Greed Killing
25. Instinct Of Survival
26. Nazi Punks Fuck Off
27. Back From The Dead
28. Siege Of Power
Biomechanical are scheduled to begin the mixing process of their new album ‘Cannibalised’ with legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy) on the 18th of June. The band will enter the Ecology Rooms in Kent, England to begin work on the brand new epic slated for a September 17th release date.
Front man, John had the following to say on the collaboration:
“This is the second time we will be working with the legendary Chris Tsangarides! We have had several discussions about the direction of the sound and I feel that he is the one to create the sound I have in my head as a producer. Also even though Chris is very much a modern producer he can bring old school sensibilities on the sound front and this excites the hell out of me!! I honestly can't wait to get started!"
"To get to Cannibalised we looked back to our previews albums and made sure that the Biomechanical sound wouldn't evaporate on a firewall of heaviness. Cannibalised is heavier than our other albums but at the same time melodic and does incorporate the film scoring orchestral type of work that defines the sound of our band”.
The full track listing for Cannibalised is as follows:
1. Fallen in Fear
2. The Unseen
4. Breathing Silence
6. Slow the Poison
8. Reborn in Damnation
9. Through Hatred Arise
10. Violent Descent
Biomechanical will be on tour in July with Sikth and Architects.
You can check out the cover art for THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s upcoming new album, Nocturnal, online here.
Canadian metal outfit The Agonist recently shot their first music video for the song “Business Suits and Combat Boots” off the upcoming album “Once Only Imagined”, slated for an August 28th release on Century Media. The video was filmed by acclaimed director David Brodsky (Strapping Young Lad, Gwar, God Forbid) and his crew at MyGoodEye.
Here’s what guitar player Danny Marino had to say about the experience:
“Our first music video was one of the most physically demanding experiences of our lives but after seeing the results we knew it was worth every drop of sweat. Dave and Allie fuckin rock, we're really proud of the video and we can't wait till everyone gets a chance to see it."
The Agonist will be hitting the road in the U.S. in June with God Forbid, followed by tours with Sonata Artica, as well as Overkill and Enslaved rounding out 2007.
CANNIBAL CORPSE will headline the Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour which will also feature THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THE RED CHORD, GOATWHORE, and AEON. The first tour dates to be released are as follows:
September 7 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian
September 11 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
September 14 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
September 16 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
September 17 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
September 26 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
September 29 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
October 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
October 5 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
October 11 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Soulfly have posted a free stream of their new demo track "Inflikted" and the original 4-track demo version of their track "Eye For An Eye" online here. As previously reported, the band have reportedly tapped former bandmate Logan Mader (Silent Civilian, Twin Method) to produce their upcoming new album which they plan to begin recording in the coming months.
The Dillinger Escape Plan are preparing to begin recording their new album with producer Steve Evetts (Every Time I Die, Sepultura). An update on that, complete with various behind the scenes footage, can be found here. A fall/winter release date through Relapse is expected.
Himsa recently wrapped up tracking their upcoming new album for Century Media which they expect to have out in stores in late August. In the meantime, a new video update from the studio can be found on YouTube. More...
August Burns Red's new song "Composure" has made its way online here. The track comes from the groups new album "Messengers", which will see a June 19th release date via Solid State.
Terror recently hit the studio where they tracked four new songs and an as-yet unannounced 'classic' cover track for a new EP dubbed "Rhythm Amongst The Chaos". The effort will see a release this fall through Reaper Records.
Clutch have announced a slew of new tour dates. They run as follows:
July 27th Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
July 28th Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
July 29th Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
July 30th Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's
July 31st Huntington, WV - Huntington Music Hall
August 01st Fort Wayne, IN - Pierre's
August 03rd Sioux Falls, SD - Nutty's North
August 04th Sturgis, SD - Full Throttle Saloon
August 06th Fargo, ND - House of Rock @ Playmakers
August 07th Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
August 09th Regina, SK - Distrikt
August 10th Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
August 11th Saskatoon, SK - Ryly's
August 12th Calgary, AB - The Warehouse
August 14th Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
August 15th Seattle, WA - El Corazon
August 16th Portland, OR - Outlaw's
August 17th Spokane, WA - Big Easy
August 18th Idaho Falls, ID - Sandy Downs - BFE 2007
August 20th Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
August 22nd Columbia, MO - Blue Note
August 23rd Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
August 24th Toledo, OH - Headliner's
August 26th Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey
August 30th Portland, ME - The Station
Support acts for the trek have yet to be announced.
Evergeen Terrace's new track "Chaney Can't Quite Riff Like Helmet's Page Hamilton" and Three's new song "All That Remains" have both been posted online here. Both bands have new albums due out on July 24th.
Arise And Ruin have officially inked a deal with Victory, though their album plans have yet to be revealed. In the meantime, those unfamiliar with the band can check them out here.
Throwdown have made their new track "Holy Roller" available online here. The song comes from the groups new album "Venom & Tears", which is set for an August 07th release date through Trustkill.
Suffocation's contract with Relapse Records has run its course and the band is now officially without a label. Here's a statement from the group:
"Suffocation is happy to announce that we've fulfilled our contractual obligations to Relapse Records and are now free agents again. We would like to thank all on the Relapse staff for their support and efforts. We've learned valuable lessons over the past few years.
We are looking forward to what the future will bring, we have many goals and ideas in the works that will definitely make for a focused and eventful future for the band. At this point of our career the goal is to make the next steps the most important ones. Propelling the band as well as the Extreme metal genre to the next level is top priority.
It is long over due and we look forward to the challenge and opportunity to right the wrongs that has kept the genre underground and unexposed since its inception. Stay tuned."
Continuing my quest to explore the Baltimore metal scene, as I've previously gravitated toward DC and Northern Virginia exclusively, I made my first trip to Sonar to catch the Dimmu Borgir, Unearth, Devildriver and Kataklysm on the "Invaluable Darkness Tour" Sunday, April 29, 2007 - making this report long overdue. I'm not sure I would have ventured out to see Dimmu Borgir and Kataklysm alone even though I like them, but I enjoy Unearth's live show immensely and had yet to see Devildriver, whose last album I enjoyed a lot. I was still very interested in see Dimmu Borgir live, both because I have enjoyed their recent efforts and I had yet to catch a black metal band live in an intimate environment (Ozzfest appearances not withstanding). More...
Beatallica has returned from their successful Eurpean tour. After playing one more date in Minneapolis, the band have started planning and lining up shows for a new US tour and are gearing up for their official CD release on July 10.
In other Beatallica news, there is a lengthy promo video for their upcoming album, "Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band," online featuring interview segments, live and studio footage.
Just For Fun
Roadrunner Records has posted about a short video of a roman candle fight between Still Remains and It Dies Today. You can watch their crazy antics on YouTube.
Still Remains new album The Serpent hits store shelves August 7 and the band will announced their Create Your Own Video Contest on June 4th. More...
Reading, UK's metal thrashers Malefice have released a song from their upcoming album, 'Entities' on their MySpace page. The band have called the song Risen Through Ashes.
Entities will be released on August 20th, 2007.
South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD has posted a new song from the band's forthcoming record on the official THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD MySpace page. Titled "Failure In The Flesh," the song will be the lead track for the band's new record 'Malice,' which is due out August 21 through Prosthetic Records. Exclusive pre-order CD/t-shirt packages are now also available at Prosthetic Records.com.
MIke Spreitzer, guitarist of DevilDriver, took a few minutes of his spare time from the Invaluable Darkness Tour to talk with Metal Centre.
How's the tour going so far?
So far, so good, man. This is our third time touring with UNEARTH and our second time touring with DIMMU since Ozzfest in 2004. It's been good. We've had fun. We never really got a chance to get to know DIMMU on Ozzfest, they were on the mainstage. Some guys hang out, the tour's been good and it's been fun.
This is an international tour: you have two bands from the states (UNEARTH, DEVIL DRIVER), one from Canada (KATAKLYSM) and one from Norway (DIMMU BORGIR) so what country drinks the best, man?
(Laughs) Probably us. I don't know, it seems to be pretty even. There are quite a few people in every band that
drink. We've all been having fun together.
What's the best place you've played so far? What is your favorite show so far?
For this tour, I would say L.A., surprisingly enough, which is usually one of the most successful shows along with
Chicago and New York City. We had a really good show in L.A., which made me happy because that's my hometown. My family was there and I had a bunch of friends there, so I was really happy that the show went well.
Do you guys have any interesting stories, any complications?
Tour stories...(Mike ponders). Every day out here is a kind of story. You wake up, do your thing and play the
show. You drink more days than you don't. If I stayed sober, I would probably remember a little more. Offhand, I can't really think of anything. I'm really kind of glad that I don't have any amazing stories. The stories you normally remember are about bad things. The tour's been so much fun, and so good. I think I've only been deathly hungover once on this tour. When we were in Minneapolis, I had to start drinking with my bass player at about noon to hide the hangover so we could both play the show. Other than that, things have been pretty smooth.
Tell Me about "The Last Kind Words."
Great album! Definitely, in all of our opinions, the best DEVIL DRIVER album we've done so far. We all had to step it up quite a bit as far as our playing skills. The songs are faster, it's more melodic, there's like eight guitar solos, we've never had more than two on a record in the past. We never really worked with good guitar players as
producers. We had Roth and Colin Richardson, who are great. I didn't work with Roth as a producer, but Mark Lewis and Jason Suecof are both amazing guitar players. It was a lot of fun working with them. They were like, "why don't you do something like this," (Spreitzer makes a motion with his fingers flying all around, like on a guitar's fret). I'm gonna have to work on that for a couple of days to play
that.Things like that really pushed us, had a lot of great ideas. It went smoothly. We finished so quickly. We
finished in something like three weeks. We demoed
everything in my studio at home. We basically had
everything and cut all the fat off most the songs, so we didn't really have to do pre-production. We went there with
our producers, who were like, "dude, that songs good." They listened to the demoes. I emailed all the demoes
before we met up with them in the studio in El Paso. Things went great. Everyone seems to be liking it.
Hardfiles on Roadrunner's website did a preview of the album. So was the response from those previews?
So far things have been good. Everyone at the label is flipping out over it. Monte Conner, the head of Roadrunner
is loving it. He was on Sirius Radio, on Hard Attack and the dj asked him what the next big thing is going to
be as far as metal and he said, "DEVIL DRIVER." Fuck yeah! Coming from him that's a pretty big thing for us.
I haven't talked to anybody yet that didn't like or say it was amazing. We all have a really good feeling about
this record. I guarantee all the DEVIL DRIVER fans out there are going to love it, and it bring us a lot more
fans this year.
Can you go a little more into detail and talk about your album?
Twelve songs: I wrote about three, the other guys wrote about three. Dez doesn't write the music, he does lyrics.
He doesn't play any instruments. It was more of an equal approach. We all had more of an even influence on
this record. The first record was pretty much written by Evan, the guy I replaced. The second record was
mostly written by my bass player and my drummer. This one is has more of an even approach, as far as the songs
go. I had a lot more influence this time. I remember being up in Denver last year, we had been playing at the
Gothic Theatre. Me and the drummer and been up all night, drinking a bottle of wine in the alley behind the
venue and we said, "man, we've got to do a damn good job on this record; otherwise, we're done!" It's our third
record. It sucks, but if we do a bad job, you can kiss our ass goodbye!
Why would you make a statement so bold as that.
It meant a lot to us. We've gone this far, our career has been going like this (he motions his hand upward).
The second I joined the band, things have been getting better and better everyday. We wanted to make sure we
didn't blow it on this record. We wanted to make sure every single song was special. It's just the fact that
better song writing. On some of the songs, we didn't follow a normal song writing approach. We did our own
thing, yet made it faster and more brutal, at the same time.
Because there was more of an equal share in the song writing, did that bring more elements to it?
I think so. I think it is very diverse. There are no songs that sound alike. You get a lot of different elements coming together in one place for songs. Musically, it kind of forced Dez to write in different styles for the record. He doesn't sing on the records, he does his signature screaming. The music effects the lyrics as much as the lyrics effect the music. It's different, it's in a new direction, but it's still DEVIL DRIVER.
This is the third album you've released on Roadrunner. Are you really happy with the label support you've
Yes. They've been good to us, and it seems that with every record, they get a little more excited about
DEVIL DRIVER. You can't be unhappy with that.
Do you still have more albums on your contract with Roadrunner?
There's options. I don't see why. There will be a fourth and a fifth DEVIL DRIVER record.
And you do think it will be on Roadrunner?
You guys have toured with a lot of bands and a lot of different types of bands. You've done the tour with
OPETH and DARK TRANQUILITY. Now you're touring with DIMMU BORGIR. Have you gained a lot of fans, and different types of fans? Do you see album sales going up because of the tour?
Yeah, when you're not touring, album sales go down. And when you're touring, no matter what tour, album sales go up. They seem to be going up. It's a good thing because it's showing our crowd's getting bigger and bigger with every tour that we do. Whether a headlining tour or a
support tour, our record sales keep going up, which means our old fans are coming back and we're getting new fans too. The record's still selling, it's been out for two years now. I'm not sure what the first one is doing, but it's getting up there. It's all metal that we've been out with. Like with this one, we have KATAKLYSM that is death metal. With us, I would just put us in the metal category. UNEARTH has the hardcore thing going on. DIMMU is black metal. I would call us more straight-forward metal. We're not black metal, but people into black metal will get to hear us, and
they might like us.
Do you think you're gaining a lot of fans from the different genres?
Yeah, obviously. There are a lot of people like me. I like all sorts of metal. I don't just listen to black metal or one type of metal, I also listen to stuff like Industrial metal, and shit like that. I think there's a lot of people out there still who have heard the name, but haven't heard us, and maybe got a chance to see us and thought, "ok, these are guys I can get into." It has obviously shown. Things are good. We've had a good response. It definitely seems like our fan base is growing and growing on every tour.
So you're just about done with this tour, I think you're going to Atlanta tomorrow...
We're doing New Orleans tomorrow, then Atlanta before going to Orlando, Florida, which would be the last day of the tour. We can do it because we've got to go over to Europe. We've got to cut that date because we're going to Rock Im Park Festival in Germany, I believe. We're going to be there for about a month. We've got some shows with LIFE OF AGONY. We're opening up for them, one with LAMB OF GOD, one as direct support for SLAYER. We're opening up for them. Twenty-thousand-seater, man! Download festival. We did Castle Donnington last year. We did that for two, too because SOILWORK got cancelled, which is unfortunate becaue they're one of my favorite bands. I still haven't seen them, yet.
Dream Theater's brand new album Systematic Chaos hits stores TOMORROW. Because of all of the excitement around its release, Roadrunner UK's Jim Tattersall sat down to interview James LaBrie. Part I is available HERE and Part II will be out on Thursday.
In May of this year, the Edison, NJ metal powerhouse known as Mutiny performed at the Bamboozle Festival, alongside Killswitch Engage, Linkin Park, Atreyu, and Weird Al. The band posted a compilation of live footage from the show. You can check it here, or head to Mutiny's YouTube channel. More...
Brandon Hamby and Daniel Wood, formerly of End Of All, have joined North Carolina based metal band Witness to Murder. The group recently recorded a new three-song demo, which is available for download on the band's MySpace page.