Metal News for June 6, 2006
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18 news articles posted on this day.
Ex-SEPULTURA/current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera has slammed the current touring version of his former band as "fake" and has reiterated his desire to one day take part in a reunion of the group's classic lineup. When asked during a Sirius Satellite Radio interview last month if there have been talks between him and the guys in SEPULTURA about getting back together one day, Max said, "There's been a lot of talk — rumor and stuff. I don't know… What I know is that Igor [Cavalera, Max's brother and current SEPULTURA drummer] is not on tour [with SEPULTURA] right now [Editor's Note: Igor announced earlier in the year that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son], and to me that's not SEPULTURA, man. I don't give a shit — that is not. We made the band, we created the band; it started with me and him. Andreas [Kisser, SEPULTURA guitarist] came way, way later in the picture. Paulo [Xisto Pinto Junior, SEPULTURA bassist], he got in the band 'cause he had a bass — his Dad bought a bass, [but Paulo] couldn't play. And I'm not trying to diss anybody, I'm just saying the facts — that me and Igor invented, created and carried… the Cavalera brothers carried SEPULTURA; we created it. So if it [the reunion] ever happens, it's gonna be [done] the right way for the right reason.
"I kind of compare it to parachuting — I never parachuted before, I wanna parachute one day. It's like the SEPULTURA reunion. It's like parachuting. I'm not doing it tomorrow, but I'd like to do it eventually, sometime. 'Cause I know what it did to people; it changed a lot of people's lives. My kids wanna see it. Richie's [Max's stepson] like, 'I wanna see SEPULTURA.' Zyon and Igor [Max's youngest son] are like, 'I wanna see SEPULTURA with Max — the real SEPULTURA, not the fake SEPULTURA.
"When the time comes and it happens, it will be for the right reason — I believe in all that kind of crazy shit. So it's gonna be done at the right time. I am right now where I am supposed to be, doing what I am supposed to be, and when that happens, it will be the right time."
Audio Terror Regime - formed from the ashes of the Washington, DC metal band Spine - has signed with Malicious Intent Records. ATR will be releasing thier upcoming full length with Malicious Intent Records, which is due out later this year. You can listen to some of their material on their MySpace page.
Will Haven has issued a brief update via Myspace:
"Just wanted to let everyone know that our first EP is now up on ITunes, I know a lot of people have been searching for it, so there you go.
As for us, we are working hard on the new record. We are still in pre-production but all I can say is this record is going to be insane! The best Haven record to date. We will leak some new tracks from time to time on our [Myspace] page, so keep an eye out. Also, a video is in the works for the new record as well."
A STONE SOUR e-card for the band's upcoming sophomore album, "Come What(ever) May", has been launched at this location. The tracks "Reborn", "30/30-150", and "Through Glass" can be heard on the e-card, and the video for "30/30-150" is also available for viewing. The clip, which was shot in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown (MÖTLEY CRÜE, OTEP), received a "Headbanger's Ball" premiere this past Saturday, June 3.
A Roadrunner Records representative recently confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the release date of the new STONE SOUR album, "Come What(ever) May" (view cover), has been moved forward to August 1 from the previously announced August 22. The CD was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER) and marks the group's first effort since the departure of drummer Joel Ekman. Ekman has since been replaced by Roy Mayorga, who had previously played with SOULFLY in addition to recently completing a European tour with SEPULTURA. You can watch a clip of the band working in the studio, with a rough cut of new track "Reborn" used as the soundtrack.
STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".
Billboard.com reports: Rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie is resurrecting Michael Myers, one of the big screen's favorite horror villains. Zombie will write and direct a new "Halloween" movie, serving up what is being called as a brand new vision for the long-running horror series. He will also serve as a producer and a music supervisor on the film.
An October 2007 release is being planned. Disney's Miramax Films will co-finance the development with former Miramax chiefs Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Dimension Films.
The movie will not be a sequel or a straight-ahead remake of the 1978 original -- which helped director John Carpenter cement his name in the horror business -- but a reimagining that will infuse new blood into the Myers story.
"The look and the feel is going to be completely different," Zombie says. "'Halloween' started off as a very terrifying concept, a terrifying movie. But over the years, Michael Myers has become a friendly Halloween mask. When it came to the point where you could buy a Michael Myers doll that was cute-looking and press its stomach and play the 'Halloween' theme, you knew the scare factor was gone.
"But I think the story and the situation is scary," he continues. "All it needed was someone to come in and to take a totally different approach to make it scary again. To me, that's the challenge and that's the fun."
Zombie is a fan of the original and said he sought Carpenter's blessing. "He said, 'That's awesome, go for it,"' Zombie said. "He was very supportive, which I thought was very important. I feel like 'Halloween' is his baby, and I wanted to be very respectful."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
ANGER AS ART, the Los Angeles-based thrash metal band featuring Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR, BLOODLUST, PAGAN WAR MACHINE, DREAMS OF DAMNATION), have finished recording the follow-up to their self-titled album. "All we gotta do now is mix!" says Gaines. "Chris Trent (producer) has done an amazing job — and we are excited about it." Entitled "Callous And Furor", the CD is scheduled for a September 2006 release via Old School Metal Records. The track listing is as follows:
02. Anger Is Rising
03. Bane Of My Existence
04. Gnashing Of Teeth
05. No Seed Of Mine
06. Callous And Furor
07. Watch Me Suffer (Watch Me Die)
08. Race For The War
09. Invaders From Within
10. All That Is Mine To Avenge
11. Self Destructing Man
13. Still I Hate
ANGER AS ART will be celebrating the completion of recording by getting back out on the road for a couple of shows in San Francisco — both headlining dates. "It is our first time back to S.F. since Thrash Against Cancer," says Gaines. "We will be playing different sets each night — with songs from each album. We have made a lot of friends in the bay area over the years with different bands, and invite each one of them out for a good time. Without sounding arrogant, the Bay Area will love this stuff!"
ANGER AS ART tour dates:
Jun. 17 - Pound SF - San Francisco, CA
Jun. 18 - Tidal Wave Festival - San Francisco (4:00 p.m. show)
LETHAL, the legendary power/progressive metal band that released the classic "Programmed" album, as well as the critically acclaimed "Your Favorite God" EP and "Poison Seed" releases, have broken 10 years of silence and reformed. LETHAL have reunited with the "Your Favorite God/Poison Seed" lineup of Tom Mallicoat (vocals), Dave McElfresh (guitars), Eric Cook (guitars), Jerry Hartmann (drums), and Glen Cook (bass).
LETHAL is currently rehearsing for upcoming live dates, as well as writing material for their new album, to be released in early 2007 (with a full tour to follow).
The Kentucky-based LETHAL was founded by Tom Mallicoat and the Cook brothers, Eric and Glen. In 1990, after the arrival of drummer Jerry Hartmann, Metal Blade Records released their debut album, "Programmed", which was instantly proclaimed a progressive/power metal classic the world over.
In 1994, LETHAL independently released "Your Favorite God", a five-song EP (featuring new guitarist David McElfresh) which immediately sold out. "Your Favorite God" showed LETHAL going in a heavier direction, with such outstanding songs as "Waiting on the Kill" and "Hard to Breathe".
LETHAL's last release, the album "Poison Seed" (1995), set new standards for progressive metal bands with its sheer musical brilliance, which featured "Down", "Walking Wounded", and the title track.
Greg Prato reports for Billboard.com: Masked metal act Slipknot is midway through a year-and-a-half long sabbatical, but it doesn't mean that the band has been completely idle. A follow-up to its 2002 DVD, "Disasterpieces," will be issued shortly via Roadrunner, while songwriting for Slipknot's fourth studio effort will begin later this year.
"We're going to start getting back together and working on stuff," guitarist Mick Thomson tells Billboard.com. "The core that writes the songs tend to get together -- it's not as easy to work out stuff when you've got nine people standing in the same room. I would say we'll start working within the next few months. I've talked to [Slipknot bassist] Paul [Gray] a few times. Very slowly, no pressure."
Arriving sooner will be the group's next DVD release. "It's going to be different than our last one," Thomson says. "Our last one mostly focused on the concert, and this one is going to have a lot more personal stuff on it. You get to see more stupid sh*t [laughs]. There'll be some music and stuff, but you're getting to see what our days our like. It should be a lot more fun."
Although the DVD remains untitled and scenes are still being sorted out, Thomson already has a favorite. "A fan, I think in Austria, was drunk and out of line," he says. "He kept trying to come up on the bus, kept bothering people and then started to get a little bit loud and threatening. He had to be set down on his ass by someone close to us. Sometimes you've got to be put in your place, and he was put in his place."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
The new song "Cult" from Slayer's upcoming album due July 25th can now be streamed in its entirety at Slayer.net.
As previously announced, Slayer today released "Eternal Pyre," a limited edition EP that will preview "Cult," a brand-new song from the band's as yet untitled new album (due out July 25), a live version of "Dead Skin Mask" recorded at last year's Full Force Festival, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the new album, and, originally available only on 1995's now out-of-print "Live Intrusion" video, a 5-minute clip of the Slayer fan who carved the band's name into his forearm. "Eternal Pyre" will be available exclusively at all Hot Topic stores.
In other Slayer news, Kerry King was interviewed by Luke O'Neil of Metro New York. Kerry King speaks about Slayer's fans, having Dave Lombardo back in the band and other stuff. You can read the short interview here.
Just For Fun
As you're no doubt aware, today is June 6, 2006 or 6.6.06, the day of the Beast. Here's a roundup of a few interesting features I saw on the 'Net:
To honor the symbolic date of June 6, 2006 — the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year; as in 666, the "number of the beast" or Anti-christ in the Bible's Book of Revelations — Yahoo! Music has delared today "Metal Day!" Have a black celebration with black metal videos by CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR, and others, plus check out other metal specials at Yahoo Music. (Thanks Blabbermouth)
VH1.com also has a special up, rounding up devil-music (mostly metal, of course) and movies. You can read that article here.
Finally, dont' forget to play lots of Slayer on this National Day of Slayer.
PARADISE LOST have been confirmed as the support band for OPETH on their upcoming U.K. tour. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 05 - Portsmouth, UK @ Pyramid
Nov. 06 - Glasgow, UK @ ABC
Nov. 07 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Nov. 08 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
Nov. 09 - London, UK @ Roadhouse
Nov. 10 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Nov. 11 - Exeter, UK @ Great Hall
PARADISE LOST's latest album, entitled "Paradise Lost", was released in the U.S. last November via Abacus Recordings. The CD features the regular 12 tracks and two bonus tracks taken from the limited-edition "Forever After" EP.
"Paradise Lost" was recorded primarily at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England under the guidance of producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY). The follow-up to 2002's "Symbol of Life" is the group's first CD to feature drummer Jeff Singer (ex-BLAZE).
Swedish Viking death metal heroes AMON AMARTH recenttly entered Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden to begin recording their sixth full-length album. The group will record and mix all through May until June 14 with producer Jens Bogren. The as-yet-untitled CD is scheduled for release in September via Metal Blade Records.
Commented the band: "Finally after five very long — but productive — weeks all recording is done and today we started mixing the album. Nine tracks have been successfully recorded — no thanks to the huge ammount of alcohol consumed, but nonetheless successfully — and we can now reveal some of the titles: 'Valhall Awaits Me', 'Hermod’s Ride To Hel (Loke’s Trechery Part I)' and 'Runes To My Memory'. More titles will be revealed shortly."
Metal Blade Records has just issued an AMON AMARTH DVD, entitled "Wrath of the Norsemen". The three-disc set was released in a deluxe 10-page digipack with special gold-laminated slipcase. The main body of the DVD is the Cologne show from last year — filmed with 11 cameras, this was the longest show AMON AMARTH have ever played (23 songs!). Bonus footage includes interviews, behind-the-scenes of the DVD recording and other stuff filmed around the Cologne show. Discs 2 and 3 feature professionally filmed shows from Summer Breeze 2005, the Metal Blade Rrroooaaarrr 2005 (a show with a really unusual setlist!), Wacken Open Air 2004 and the release show for "Fate of Norns" in Ludwigsburg (Germany) in 2004.
Jerry Montano of Danzig and Nothingface is one of the rare metal personalities of today that seems to understand the true scope of metal music and its great history up to this point. He's never been one of those players that gives off one of the typical major rock star attitudes. And what's even more amazing with him being as in demand as he is, he has never played in a band just to try and get rich quick. This is what endears Jerry Montano to the hardcore metalheads like myself in the true underground scene. I have also yet to ever see someone that looks as downright ominous plucking away on the low end as Montano does. Whether he's played alongside the greats like Danzig or Dimebag Darrell, one thing you know you're always going to get with Jerry Montano is someone that is there because of the pure love they have for the music. I want to sincerely thank him for being even bigger than life by spending time on this interview with me. I don't know what better way to celebrate 6-6-6 and with that, I hold the devil horns high and proud. More...
KALMAH recently shot a video for the song 'The Groan Of Wind', taken from their new album The Black Waltz. It is now available for download at this location.
Kalmah released The Black Waltz on February 22nd through Spinefarm Records and contains the following track listing: ‘Defeat’, ‘Bitter Metallic Side’, ‘Time Takes Us All’, ‘To the Gallows’, ‘Svieri Doroga’, ‘The Black Waltz’, ‘With Terminal Intensity’, ‘Man Of The King’, ‘The Groan Of Wind’, ‘Mindrust’, ‘One From The Stands’.
Kalmah have been confirmed for the following festival dates:
30 - July 2 - Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland
4 - Ragnarok Festival in Perth, Scotland
Finland's NIGHTWISH have launched an official videoblog that will allow fans to watch the band during their rehearsals this summer. Check it out at this location.
Legendary Greek death metallers ROTTING CHRIST will embark on an extensive European tour in February 2007 beginning with the third edition of The Domination Tour, featuring 5-6 bands and consisting of 21-24 dates (only in bigger venues). Headlining dates in Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, Poland, Eastern Europe (also Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus) and the Balkans will follow in the spring 2007.
ROTTING CHRIST are currently working on material for a new studio album — the group's first for the Season of Mist label. The band recently announced the addition of NIGHTFALL guitarist George Bokos as a full-time member of the group.
ROTTING CHRIST recently recorded their two live shows in Larissa, Greece for an upcoming live album. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene put on two special two-hour shows featuring songs covering their entire catalog. These live shows were held on February 3-4, 2006 at Blive Music House in Larissa, and were the only concerts to be recorded for the upcoming CD. The shows marked the band's 18 years in the metal scene and fans from around the world were in attendance. The band also played a very special concert consisting exclusively of material from their first three albums — "Passage To Arcturo" (1989), "Thy Mighty Contract" (1992) and "Non Serviam" (1994) - on January 14 at An Club in Athens, Greece.
ROTTING CHRIST's "Passage To Arcturo" and "Non Serviam" albums were reissued in January with bonus audio and video tracks via Season of Mist.
Today, June 6, is not only the much publicized 06/06/06, it is also the anniversary of OVERLORDE's naming. And the anniversary of a monumental event in world history.
D-Day: OPERATION OVERLORD
To mark the anniversaries, and to honor those who sacrificed so much, OVERLORDE has added a song to its MySpace music player from their 1987 EP. Titled OVERLORDE, the song is about D-Day.
Check out the song, and read more, at this location.
Memphis, Tennessee is famous for being the home of the man with the dangerous hips and velvet-lined voice, Elvis Presley. I knew the first time that I came across Sacrum's music profile on Myspace that I was looking at the future of heavy music when listening to their down home, ass stomping brand of metal. They have now really started a serious buzz for themselves, and I'm not talking about their partying activities either. Sacrum has a lot of great people surrounding them at this point in time and the members of the band are some of the most intensely driven musicians I've ever witnessed. I have nothing but the utmost confidence in this group really staking its claim in metal over the coming years. This interview covers a lot of exciting ground and I'm pleased to be working as closely as I do with them.