Metal News for June 7, 2007
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Bleeding Through will headline a series of intimate club shows during the "off-dates" of their upcoming North American tour with Marilyn Manson and Slayer. War Of Ages will support Bleeding Through at each of the shows.
Bleeding Through will focus on smaller clubs in New Orleans, Albany, Las Vegas and other cities where the monstrous tour with heavy metal titans Slayer and iconoclast Manson will not hit during their days off. The Manson/Slayer tour and off-date headlining shows will coincide with the worldwide release of the band's new single, "Line in the Sand."
With a video directed by Dan Dobi (Cannibal Corpse, Paramore), "Line in the Sand" is the latest track to be released from The Truth, Bleeding Through's newest album which has been hailed by Revolver, Alternative Press, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Billboard, Outburn, Metal Edge and other publications the world over.
The band kicked off the album's release last year with a massive headlining tour, followed by a co-headline slot on the Ozzfest second stage (their second Ozzfest), a fall tour with Senses Fail and Saosin, a European tour, and more.
Confirmed Bleeding Through off-dates (all with War Of Ages) during the Marilyn Manson/ Slayer tour are as follows: More...
Billboard.com reports: A 10th anniversary box set and a side band will be rocking Godsmack's world later this year.
The Boston headbangers -- currently on a theater run continuing to promote their 2006 release "IV" --plan to commemorate the 10-year celebration of their first album with a package that gathers together its four studio albums, the acoustic EP "The Other Side" and a DVD featuring mini-documentaries about the making of each album. There will also be some live footage and possibly the group's 2004 acoustic performance in Las Vegas.
"We're just gonna try to make it really special," drummer Shannon Larkin tells Billboard.com. "Basically Universal, who we've been with since day one, said to us, 'You tell us what you need and we'll write the check. We want this to be special, too.' We wanted to make it a road case, but as we were doing some research we saw that Metallica made one of their box sets look like a road case, so that's out. If anyone has any suggestions, we're open..."
Larkin says Godsmack doesn't have much in the way of unreleased material but has been taping all of its concerts since 2004, so it may expand some of the albums with appropriate live material. He hopes to put a version of the band's nightly drum solo, which he plays together with frontman Sully Erna, in the collection as well.
Meanwhile Larkin, guitarist Tony Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill are planning a summer launch for Another Animal, their side band with former Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane. A single may come out in July or August as Godsmack finishes its tour, with an album following in the fall.
The impetus for the group, Larkin says, was an excess of material the instrumentalists wrote for "IV." "Basically we caught fire and wrote almost 40 songs, about four or five of which got picked for the album" -- including the No. 1 Rock track "Speak." "So we were left with over 30 songs that we really, really love and still wanted to get out there, so we ended up starting another band."
But Larkin hastens to add that Another Animal in no way threatens Godsmack's future. "It's simply a side project that has nothing to do with Sully," he explains. "There's no weirdness, no drama, no imminent break-up. We'd be foolish to end something that has such a nice history. Hopefully (Another Animal) is something the Smack fans will like, too."
Billboard.com reports: A clock on Rage Against The Machine's official Web site has begun counting down to Aug. 24, presumably marking the date for a new release or an as-yet-unannounced concert, rumored to be held in East Troy, Wis. There is also speculation that the reunited band will issue either a live album taped during its late April set at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., or, less likely, a new studio effort.
Rage Against The Machine has not performed since Coachella, where the foursome played a 13-song headlining set featuring tracks like "Testify," "Bulls on Parade," "Guerilla Radio," "Sleep Now in the Fire" and "Killing in the Name."
The group will reactivate in late July for four shows as part of the Rock the Bells tour. What happens after that is anybody's guess, as Morello has a slate of dates on tap with his acoustic side project, the Nightwatchman.
"We're having a great time rehearing so the door is certainly open to playing more shows," Morello told Billboard last month. "It feels great in the room."
American Power/Melodic/Metal band Krucible is seeking a killer drummer. Those interested should leave a message at the
LANCE KING (Balance of Power, Pyramaze) on vocals
ERIC HALPERN (Leatherwolf, Helstar) on guitar
SHANE DuBOSE (promoter of showcase night at ProgPower USA) on bass guitar
DON LaFON (Six Minute Century) on guitar
ADAM RAWLINGS (Victim, Mindcrime) on keyboards
Former MURDERDOLLS singer Wednesday 13 has posted the following question-and-answer session on his MySpace page:
Q: Why did you change band members from "Transylvania" to "Fang Bang"?
Wednesday: It was a decision that I made early in 2006. Two of the other guys had projects they were working on that was becoming a priority over W13 the band. In the winter of 2005 we were getting some great offers to play shows, but the guys weren't always available. It seemed like it would become a conflict later on when "Fang Bang" came out and when it came to touring. It also wouldn't be fair to the fans that everytime they showed up to a show, I had a different band member. I didn't want to be the guy that made the band members choose between W13 and their dreams. It wasn't a decision out of anger, or not being friends, it was just the best decision to make due to the circumstances. I wish them all the best!!!!
Q: FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS?? Reunion?? Albums??
Wednesday: Well, it was quick and gone right away. We got together for a few shows locally in 2005 and had plans to do more things in the future. It was a bit premature, it was a lot of fun, but it should've, would've, could've been out of control, and over the top...but it wasn't. There was no person to blame for it, it just wasn't the right time I guess. During that time the box set was being put together and I became more busy and involved with W13 stuff (which is and will always be the priority) and it just sorta fell to the side. Will there ever be a full reunion/tour??? Good question, but it looks pretty unlikey. FDQ...was a big, big part of my past and I'm very proud of it!!! Even though it looked promising to see the light of day again...I would say at this time it's very much just a memory.
Wednesday: The idea that MURDERDOLLS would reunite and record has been floating around like a ghost for almost five years now. I can't say no it won't ever happen because I'm not a psychic. I would like to think there is a possibility someday, but who knows? We all have moved on since those days and grew away from it but I know deep down inside we all think sometime... "Hey, what if we did one more?"
Launch Radio Networks reports: MARILYN MANSON has lashed out at MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, saying that a song called "Mutilation Is The Most Sincere Form of Flattery", from his new "Eat Me, Drink Me" album, is directed at the band, whom he accused of ripping off his act. Manson told the London Paper, "I'm embarrassed to be me because these people are doing a really sad, pitiful, shallow version of what I've done. If they want to identify with me then here's a razor blade. Call me when you're done and we'll talk."
Here are some sample lyrics from "Mutilation...": "Hey, there's no rules today / You steal instead of borrow / You take all the shapes that I make / And you think that you thought / All the thoughts that I thought you / Don't you?"
MANSON and MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE will both perform this weekend at England's Download Festival, although they'll appear on separate days.
MANSON's new record arrived in stores on Tuesday, June 5.
Former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac has recruited SHINING's Niklas Kvarforth to the ranks of his Doom Black Metal band SKTILIV as a guitarist for recording purposes. A big fan of Skitliv, to the extent that he has the band's name tattooed on his arm, Kvarforth has already laid down guitars on several tracks and also plans to play live with the band whenever his commitments to SHINING will permit.
Commented Maniac "SHINING is, and always will be, Niklas' priority, but recording with SKITLIV is no problem for him, and whenever the opportunity arises, he will join us on stage. Niklas is a real artist and an incredibly skilled musician; something people tend to ignore because all they ever seem to be able to focus on is the hype surrounding SHINING. His dedication to his music is extraordinary and working with him, and watching him create, is both a pleasure and an education. He has come up with some amazing riffs for SKITLIV, which have added a whole new dimension to the music."
"Amfetamin", an unfinished track featuring Kvarforth, has been added to SKITLIV's official MySpace page.
LA rockers, Five Finger Death Punch, have officially inked a deal with Firm Music, a branch of the highly successful entertainment talent management company, The Firm. The band will release their debut opus, THE WAY OF THE FIST worldwide on July 31, 2007.
THE WAY OF THE FIST was recorded at Next Level Studios by Stevo "Shotgun" Bruno (MOTLEY CRUE, PRONG) and at No Name Studios by Mikey Sarkisyan (SPINESHANK) with mixing and mastering duties being handled by Logan Mader (MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY).
The label are excited about the addition of these metal-vets to their roster. Deb Klein, GM for Firm Music says about the signing, “We were so excited to bring FFDP into our fold. We believe that this band’s material and live show speak volumes. With our company’s history in the metal world coupled with this bands mastery of the genre we are poised for world domination!”
Euro-Metal veteran and previous U.P.O. guitarist, Zoltan Bathory, was the architect of what has morphed into Five Finger Death Punch, recruiting standout studio Metal drummer, Jeremy Spencer to add his trademark ‘double-bass mayhem’ to the equation. Vocalist, Ivan Moody’s previous band, MOTOGRATER, had played to huge crowds on Ozzfest and beyond, while guitarist Darrell Roberts toured with metal legends W.A.S.P.. Matt Snell, bassist of acclaimed experimental outfits ANUBIS RISING and DEADSETT, completed the circle by lending his considerable fretboard mastery to the band’s music.
Canadian thrashers, Betrayer, are pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new single on June 10th, 2007.
The new track, entitled 'Headed for Disaster', was co-written between BETRAYER and long-time songwriter, performer, and now operator of the Canadian Conservatory of Music, Pete Palazzolo (ex-TANZEN, SOLDIER, currently with ROSE CITY OVERTURE).
The track was recorded and mixed at SPECTRE SOUND STUDIOS by engineer Glenn Fricker, who has worked previously with such acts as RANDY BLYTHE of LAMB OF GOD, WOODS OF YPRES, BLOODSHOTEYE and BLACK KREEK. Vocals were recorded by Pete Palazzolo. More...
Blood & Ink Records haves announced the signing of Omaha, Nebraska's THE RECESSION. "Their intense and chaotic music really caught our attention and we knew it would be a great band to join the roster," states the label.
THE RECESSION will be playing various generator stages at Cornerstone Illinois and their debut full length, Time, Arithmetic & Other Elementary Subjects Not Well Learned, will be out in August on Blood & Ink Records. In the meantime, you can check out some of their material on the band's MySpace page.
The longest running European straightedge label, Crucial Response Records, is proud to present an exclusive showcase on Sunday July 1st at dB's in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The Defense (Spain), Commitment Crew (Sweden), One Voice (Belgium), Strike First (the Netherlands) and Birds of a Feather (the Netherlands) from the Crucial Response family will all come down to play this show. Special additions to the bill are our friends from Hoods Up (Germany).
This showcase is the record release party for One Voice and Commitment Crew. Expect limited versions of their new records, only available at this show. Birds of a Feather gives a preview of their upcoming album. They recorded new songs for their upcoming full length album and present an exclusive demo tape with 3 new songs. Furthermore, Crucial Response Records will be offering limited silkscreen editions of their releases. Also other distro's are expected to join the party.
Doors open at 3pm; show ends around 9pm. Damage is € 9.
dB's, Cartesiusweg 90A, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Dream Theater, with special guests Symphony X, have confirmed five Italian shows in October for the Chaos In Motion World Tour. Those tour dates are:
25.10 Bologna, Land Rover Arena (Paladozza)
26.10 Roma, Palalottomatica
27.10 Andria (Ba), Palasport
29.10 Milano, DatchForum
30.10 Padova, Palasport
As previously reported, Dream Theater's first-ever tour of Australia is "almost confirmed."
This week brings big milestones in the world of Karnivool. The band is currently set to kick off a sold out tour of their native Australia. Fans attending the upcoming gigs can expect some exciting surprises as well as the debut of new songs. Those tour dates are as follows:
06.7.2007 : Bunbury at Prince of Wales Hotel Bunbury (18+)
06.9.2007 : Brisbane at The Zoo (SOLD OUT SHOW!)
06.10.2007 : Sydney at Luna Park (Come Together Festival)
06.13.2007 : Melbourne at Hi Fi Bar w/ Dead Letter Circus and Bushido (SOLD OUT SHOW!)
06.14.2007 : Melbourne at Hi Fi Bar w/ Dead Letter Circus and Bushido (SOLD OUT SHOW!)
06.15.2007 : Adelaide at Fowlers Live Lic and AA w/ Dead Letter Circus and Bushido (SOLD OUT SHOW!)
06.23.2007 : Perth at Capitol w/ Dead Letter Circus (18+)
06.24.2007 : Perth at MIdland Railway Workshops w/ Behind Crimson Eyes, Butterfingers, Macromantics, Dallas Crane and more. (HyperFest. All ages show! Only $10)
Although Karnivool's debut album "Themata" is a newborn release in the US and many other regions of the world, the record has been available in Australia for nearly two years. Recently, Karnivool celebrated the album's 100th week on the Australian Independent Chart. This week the record clocks in at #14. A truly amazing feat for the band and their rabid fan base abroad. Themata hit stores in the United States this past April through Bieler Bros. Records and has been met with critical acclaim from major music media such as Kerrang!, who deemed the record "a soaring journey of melody". Select tracks from Themata can be heard here. While the video for the first single, the title track "Themata" can be seen here.
Recently, award-winning Karnivool guitarist Drew Goddard conducted a question and answer session with fans. The segment known as "The Hot Seat" brought in a tremendous response from fans from all around the world. Selected segments of that Q&A can be found online here.
The first batch of dates for Pelican's upcoming U.S. tour have been announced. The tour dates are as follows:
7/19 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Priestbird
7/20 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place w/ Priestbird
7/21 Toronto, ON @ Lees Palace w/ Priestbird, Nadja
7/22 Montreal, QC @ Main Hall w/ Nadja
7/23 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East w/ Clouds, Priestbird
7/24 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Clouds, Priestbird
7/25 Brooklyn, NY @ Luna Lounge w/ Priestbird, Unearthly Trance
7/26 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Priestbird, Your Black Star
7/28 Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Preistbird, Your Black Star
7/29 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz w/ Clouds, Priestbird
Mutiny have recently been added to one of Symphony X's east coast tour dates. The show will take place at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on Saturday August 11. Doors open at 7PM. Endless Lament, Sanctity, and Into Eternity are also on the bill.
The band posted a short message on their myspace: "We will be playing alongside Symphony X at Starland Ballroom on August 11th!
This is truly a dream come true! Support us by getting your tickets here, directly from us! Shipping is free, and you'll get the demo [due out in July] we're currently working on for free as well. "
The title track from Swedish metallers ENTOMBED's upcoming album, "Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments," has been posted on the Candlelight Records USA MySpace page. Due in the U.S. on July 31 and Europe on June 25 via a special arrangement with Threeman Recordings, the 10-song effort marks the group's first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (Alpha Safari, ex-Misery Loves Co.), who replaced Peter Stjärnvind in 2006. Mastering duties were handled by Soren Elofsson at Cosmos Mastering in Stockholm, Sweden.
This summer, Slayer and Marilyn Manson will co-headline a 25-city North American tour, which will feature both acts with elaborate stage set-ups playing full sets. "Usually we just come out and play, but this time around we're really going to give the fans a show," explains Slayer's bassist/vocalist, Tom Araya. "Our set is going to span our entire career, but we're definitely going to squeeze in some new songs that we haven't performed live yet."
Fresh off winning their first-ever Grammy for their tenth full-length studio album, "Christ Illusion, Slayer couldn't have more momentum going into the tour. "The other guys will tell you it didn't mean anything to them, but it did to me," Araya explains about the band's award for Best Metal Performance for the track "Eyes Of The Insane.." "We're fans of the music we create and if we don't like it, we know the kids aren't going to like it either," Araya continues when asked what has kept Slayer relevant while so many of their peers have disbanded, or worse yet, become parodies of themselves.
"I think people like what they know," adds guitarist Kerry King. "The perfect comparison for Slayer's role in metal is what AC/DC did with rock; they made the same record for 30 years, but just changed the flavor." While musical trends have come and gone, for the past 26 years Slayer have continued to stay true to their thrash roots and loudly defied the music industry's standards.
When bands like Green Day and the Offspring suddenly became ubiquitous in the late-'90s the band released Undisputed Attitude, a collection of hardcore punk covers from acts like Minor Threat and Black Flag-and now that inoffensive pop music rules the charts, in typical Slayer-fashion the band countered with Christ Illusion, a blistering critique of the current administration set to the tune of impossibly heavy riffs, frantic drums and guitar solos that pummel the listener in carefully constructed blasts of noise. In other words, it's just business as usual for Slayer.
"I remember when I was a kid and one of the biggest metal bands at the time came out with a new album - I remember this because I was genuinely offended that they would put that album out," King explains when asked what he thinks has kept Slayer not only relevant but revelatory for the past twenty years. "That band got sidetracked by commercial music and tried to cash in on it," he continues. "Look at me, even now I'm still marred by it," he adds with a laugh. "I don't want to do that to our fans ever."
Tour dates for the Slayer/Marilyn Manson co-headline tour are as follows: More...
Still Remains want their fans to create their first video for The Serpent. Just follow the instructions below and you can get started.
The contest ends on July 30th.
1. Beginning today, go to www.roadrun.com/freeshit/ to download the FREE mp3 for 'The Wax Walls Of An Empty Room,' the band's logo and cover art.
2. Go to www.youtube.com/stillremains and subscribe to the band's new and improved YouTube page where you'll be directed to the contest page with instructions on how to upload your video.
California hardcore band Vendetta will be touring in July. Here are the tour dates:
7/15 Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprise
7/16 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
7/17 Chamblee, GA @ The Shop
7/18 Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
7/19 Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
7/20 Dallas, TX @ Competition Music
7/21 Oklahoma City, OK @ Convergence
7/22 Blue Springs, MO @ American Legion
7/23 Denver, CO @ Sox's Place
7/24 Las Vegas, NV @ Community of Friends Record Store
7/25 Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy's
7/26 Ventura, CA @ The Alpine Sound and Fury Warm Up!
After cancelling their May U.S. tour earlier this year, Vital Remains will tour much of the U.S. in July with support from The Absence and Unmerciful. Here are the tour dates:
7/5 Roanoke, VA @ Graystone
7/6 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
7/7 Charlotte, NC @ Milestone
7/8 Jacksonville, FL @ Imperial
7/9 Orlando, FL @ The Haven
7/10 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
7/11 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
7/12 Houston, TX @ Engine Room
7/13 McAllen, TX @ Metro
7/14 San Antonio, TX @ Scoobys
7/15 El Paso, TX @ Chics
7/16 Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
7/17 Colorado Springs, CO @ Union Station
7/18 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
7/19 Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
7/20 Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club
7/21 Mt. Clemens, MI @ Hay Loft
7/22 Evansville, IN @ 1123
7/23 Battle Creek, MI @ Courtyard
7/24 Buffalo, NY @ Show Place
7/25 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
7/26 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
7/27 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billards
7/28 Long Island, NY @ Odins Underworld
7/29 Providence, RI @ Club Hell
In an interview with OzProg, vocalist James LaBrie has announced that a Dream Theatre tour of Australia is almost confirmed. The band is currently touring through Europe, and James had this to say on the subject:
I can tell you that with almost 100% certainty that we will be coming there this tour. They're talking about doing four or five shows, and our booking agent is in touch with a promoter over there, one of the bigger ones that are really excited to bring us over, so it's just a matter of finding the time that we can get in there and do it.
In other news, Dream Theatre's keyboardist, Jordan Rudess, will be making an appearance on Melbourne metal radio show Screaming Symphony, and will discuss the new album Systematic Chaos, and more. Tune in to PBS 106.7 FM in Melbourne at 10pm on Tuesday the 12th of June to hear the interview, or stream the show live from here.
Maurizio Iacono, vocalist for Kataklysm, has issued the following message:
First off, I want to sincerely thank everyone involved with The Invaluable Darkness Tour we just completed with our friends Dimmu Borgir. We would like to thank them for treating us like brothers and to all their crew for helping us out when we needed it. This new friendship is forged in blood! Thanks also to Devildriver whom we shared a bus with and developed a new friendship. Last but not least, the dudes in Unearth, all cool people. This tour was a triumph for us in all senses, especially to be able to play for our fans on a bigger package, who proved to us everyday that all the blood and sweat wasn't for nothing. The words of encouragement from our fans mean EVERYTHING.
"We're gonna finish writing a new album, titled 'Prevail', this summer, because we know how important this one will be for our fans, and 'prevail' is exactly what we want to do with this album. It has to be as perfect as we can make it. If it doesn't bring the goosebumps, it ain't coming out right. Guitarist J-F Dagenais will produce and engineer the album as always. In the meantime, we have two more tours planned this year: late summer or early fall in North America and in Europe in October with Behemoth and Aborted. A big thank you to all our supporters worldwide. We won't disappoint — you know how we roll!"
Dark Tranquility's official website recently posted the following messages:
"The promo video for 'Terminus (where death is most alive)' is now ready, and we'd like to thank Sven Kirk for an original, amusing and generally excellent piece of work". Click here to watch it at Youtube, or here at Dark Tranquillity's website.
"Touring details for the autumn are slowly starting to take shape. Plenty of exciting stuff is being planned, and more announcements are in the pipeline, but for now we can let you know that we'll embark on a small tour throughout our home country in the beginning of September. These are the dates:
5/9: Trädgårn, Göteborg
6/9: Nalen, Stockholm
7/9: Sigurdsgatan 25, Västerås
8/9: KB, Malmö
More details regarding support bands etc will follow shortly. Tickets will be available via Ticnet.se and the usual outlets soon".
Nocturno Culto, guitarist of Darkthrone, posted the following message on his MySpace page:
"Finally we're done recording the new album F.O.A.D. This album will make lots of debate...I'm pretty sure of it. There will be a small taster in the form of an exclusive EP in July, that will contain exclusive song called 'Hedninger Fra Helvete' in english that means 'Heathens From Hell', and there will be a different recording of the song 'Wisdom Of The Dead' and different vocal version of 'Canadian Metal', plus the Testors coversong 'Bad Attitude'. Expect the album to be released in September. It will contain 9 songs."