Metal News for June 8, 2006
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18 news articles posted on this day.
After executing a successful 5-date mini-tour last year Bam Margera's Viva La Bands Tour 2006 is being planned. As of now, Clutch and CKY are confirmed and Turbonegro is rumored to be in negotiations as well for the planned 20 date outing. There will be a number of after-parties featuring other bands and rotating some emerging artists at different shows.
The tour will feature exclusive Bam themed video content on big screens (Jackass-style stuff) produced by Tim Glomb. There will also be special live appearances from the Viva La Bam crew and many of their celebrity friends.
The Viva La Bands 2006 tour is tentatively scheduled to kick off on October 4th in Phoenix and end with a big Halloween bash in Philly on October 31st. Ticket prices are expected to be kept low (around $20). There will be numerous opportunities for fans to meet Bam and the bands, and it will all be caught on film.
MORDICHRIST, the Swedish black metal band featuring DARK FUNERAL guitarist Chaq Mol, will be entering the studio next week to "record some new obscure music," according to a posting on the group's web site. "I can promise that you will not be disappointed," says Chaq Mol. "As always, we will keep it simple, but with a good sound."
MORDICHRIST had previously issued a limited-edition (500 copies) 10-inch mini-LP via Danza Ipnotica.
MORDICHRIST singer Nenia is going lend her diabolical voice to the German black metallers CAEDES on their new CD. No further information is currently available.
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has commented on episode three of "SuperGroup", the VH1 "reality" TV program starring Ian, Ted Nugent, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ex-BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER). Filming for the program commenced on February 22, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for 12 days and get them to write and record some new original music. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star band — dubbed DAMNOCRACY — also performed a headlining set at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on March 5.
Commented Scott: "I thought episode 3 kicked ass. They just keep getting better. I love in episode 3 when Doc says that the song [that DAMNOCRACY wrote and demoed on the show] would be a great song in 1982 but not in 2006. I take that as a compliment. Rob Cavallo [producer] says it's dated. Dated? Hmmm, the guy that produces GREEN DAY who sound exactly like the BUZZCOCKS says we sound dated. Interesting. I guess the WHITE STRIPES sound dated as well. And PEARL JAM and JOSS STONE and everyone else that sounds like '70s music. Or bands like AVENGED SEVENFOLD that are straight out of '80s thrash. Are they dated? Why is dated a negative? I understand being objective, it's just that dated to me is not a negative. We're playing music that we love and organically created. What should we sound like? What is current? Should we have forced ourselves to sound like something we're not? That would've been the lamest and most transparent thing we could've done. They wanted us to cover a KELLY CLARKSON song. That was their idea. I actually went as far as to learn it, be open-minded and all, and quickly realized it would've been so fucking retarded for us to do that. Duh. Hey, I'm an open-minded kind of guy. That song works for her, not for DAMNOCRACY. Anyway, hopefully we will finish these demos and you'll get to hear what we did. Let us know if you want to hear it. Maybe that will light a fire under our asses."
Roadrunner Records has pushed back the projected U.S. release date of the new BLACK LABEL SOCIETY album, "Shot to Hell", to September 19 from the previously announced July 3, a spokesperson for the label has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
"Shot to Hell" will be BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's first release for Roadrunner. The album is the follow-up to "Mafia", which debuted in March 2005 at #15 on The Billboard 200 chart and at #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart. The top rock track "In This River" from "Mafia" was recently included on the "MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge" album, also available on Roadrunner.
BLS, who have secured a second-stage headlining slot at this year's Ozzfest, will tour the world extensively in support of the new album. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde is also writing and recording with OZZY OSBOURNE for his new CD, to be released sometime next year.
CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band featuring former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens, have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Burden of Truth", due on August 4 via AFM Records.
CIRCLE II CIRCLE have created a very special record based on the "Holy Blood Holy Grail" and "The Da Vinci Code" theory of a Holy Bloodline extending up to our modern day.
Commented Zak: "This is the record I’ve been trying to make my whole life and now's it's finished. Fuck, what a great feeling it is to finally realize my aspirations after all these years! CIRCLE II CIRCLE/SAVATAGE fans are in for a HUGE treat with this record."
He continued: "50 million fans have read these books and i'm sure they have had some of the same feelings and questions I've had, so the band and I decided to explore our thoughts and share them with our fans. There's definitely some dark stuff on this record but if you really dig deep you'll see that there's a very positive outcome."
"Burden of Truth" was recorded at Tampa's Morrisound Recording. Touring is scheduled for the fall 2006 throughout Europe and a special 90-minute performance at the ProgPower Festival in September — the only show where CIRCLE II CIRCLE will play "Burden Of Truth" in its entirety along with some classics.
Here is the "Burden of Truth" track listing: More...
BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi's official web site has been updated with the following message:
"Tony is currently in the pre-production stages for series 2 of his radio series, 'Black Sunday', on Planet Rock. As with series one, he will be featuring a selection of unsigned acts on the show and is very keen to hear some new music. So if you are in a band, send a demo CD, contact details and a bit of background info about yourselves for consideration for the show to: Tony Iommi, PO Box 54373, London W2 7GD. Please do not send fan mail, begging letters, autograph requests or any other nonsense to this address — it will be binned immediately so don't waste your money on the stamps! We do not currently have the facility to accept MP3 files or listen via the web so if you want your music heard, make the effort to burn a CD. New bands that may already have a record deal but are interested in being included on Tony's show are also welcome to send CDs to the above address."
Planet Rock had previously issued the following description of Iommi's program: "Each week, Tony will be joined by colleagues and friends from all walks of life who indulge in a common passion for rock music. He will also share his experiences from over 30 years at the top table of rock's aristocracy, and reveal the stories behind BLACK SABBATH's most famous songs. Tony will also invite unsigned bands to send in their demos and will play his pick on air."
Australian metal/hardcore Parkway Drive has apparently signed with Epitaph Records. Formed in 2003, the group released an album with Resist Records in 2005. The band's upcoming album, "Killing With A Smile," was produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and will hit stores on August 22nd.
Syracuse NY's UNHOLY (ex-The Promise, Path Of Resistance, etc.) has signed with Silent Stagnation Recores for the release of their debut EP "Awaken The Sleep" in Europe with a bonus track and as digipack. The (metallic) hardcore band features current and former members of The Promise, Santa Sangre, God Below, When Tigers Fight, Another Victim and Path Of Resistance and offer their own blend of heavy hard-hitting hardcore.
"We're pretty excited about working with Silentstagnation Records. After talking with Marcel about Unholy I was very impressed about his enthusiasm towards this release. Get ready, ... soon we will shred Europe!" says guitarist and main songwriter Jonathan Dennison.
You can check out two songs from their debut EP "Awaken The Sleep" on their myspace page. A release date for their EP will be announced soon.
Madball has lined up another round of European dates. Here are the dates:
23/06 Knokke Heist Zaal Ravelingen (Belgium)
24/06 Herne Pressure Festival (Germany)
25/06 Clisson Hellfest (France)
26/06 Strasbourg La Laiterie (France)
27/06 Bellizona Garage Club (Italy)
28/06 Torino Days Of The Dead Festival (Italy)
29/06 Saarbrücken - Garage (Germany)
30/06 Roitzschjora With Full Force Festival (Germany)
01/07 Lisboa Lua (Portugal)
02/07 Bielsko Biala - Rude Boy Club (Poland)
04/07 Weinheim Café Central (Germany)
05/07 Prag Rock For People Festival (Czech Republic)
06/07 Novi Sad Exit Festival (Serbia)
Swedish band Crowpath have announced European dates following their latest album "Son of Sulphur," a concept album about an arsonist.
Here are the tour dates:
15/06 Selestat, France @ Zone 51 (w/Hatebreed)
16/06 Verdun, France @ Auberge de Jeunesse (w/Shall not kill, Colera)
17/06 Luzern, Switzerland @ Sedel (w/Cropment, Amok)
19/06 Lyon, France @ the Sonic (w/Amen ra, Geneva)
20/06 Strasbourg, France @ Molodoi
22/06 Hoogeveen, Holland @ Trashfest
23/06 Brussels, Belgium @ Magasin 4 (w/Psalm)
24/06 Reims, France @ CS Turenne (w/Shall not kill)
01/09 Helsingör, Denmark @ Elvaerket (w/Mugshot, MCIP)
02/09 Roskilde, Denmark @ oBscene (w/Mugshot, MCIP)
Swedish tech-death maestros Anata made their US debut appearance at the Maryland Deathfest over the weekend of May 27 and 28, alongside Earache labelmates Severe Torture and Municipal Waste.
According to one audience member "Anata had a bigger audience than any other band; bigger than Vital Remains, bigger than Dismember and Necrophagist. The place was packed!"
Vocalist and band mastermind Fredrik Schälin enthused; "The reactions from the crowd was great, both on stage and afterwards. Lots of photos of us were shot and albums signed. A lot of fans told us that we were the main reason for them going to the festival. Even some of the other bands (Neuraxis, Alarum) were thrilled to meet us. But this was of course mutual, both great bands".... "We were blown away!"
The band's new album, "The Conductor's Departure" is due out via Wicked World on June 19.
US Death Metal giants Hate Eternal headlined The Garage in London on June 4 and recorded a special set that was filmed for a live DVD release, as yet untitled, and due out October this year.
The DVD will include:
- The full London set (Sunday 4th June)
- An in depth interview with the band filmed immediately post-gig
- Documentary on the making of ³I, Monarch²
- On tour footage
- All of the band¹s promo videos including ŒPowers That Be¹ and ŒI, Monarch¹
Hate Eternal continue their tour in Europe until June 10. The band recently completed a US trek in support of Chimaira and Arch Enemy. The band¹s current album, "I, Monarch" was the last to feature departed
drummer Derek Roddy, who was replaced by Reno Kiilerich for the European tour.
Tom Araya said in an interview with CBC's "The Hour" that the new album will be called "The Final Six." As previously reported, the album is due out July 25th. "The Final Six" is the first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss" that features the entire original SLAYER lineup (drummer Lombardo left the band in 1992 and rejoined in 2003). Rick Rubin, who helped solidify the much-emulated SLAYER sound beginning with their genre-defining 1986 classic "Reign In Blood", was executive-producer, and Josh Abraham (KORN, VELVET REVOLVER, ATREYU) produced it.
The (unconfirmed) tracklisting has been reported to be as follows:
03. Flesh Storm
05. Eyes of the Insane
06. Black Serenade
08. Skeleton Christ
10. Final Six
In related news, more European tour dates of Slayer's and the Unholy Alliance Tour have been revealed. The complete list of tour dates are as follows: More...
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe plans to team up with Jewish folk-pop singer-songwriter Susan Greenbaum for a duet on her Christmas album. The two met while Greenbaum was recording the album at Sound of Music Studios at Third and Broad streets. She was working on her project downstairs and Blythe was doing preproduction work on the upcoming Lamb of God album upstairs.
"I have a very nice baritone voice, so I said I wanted to sing a duet with her," says Blythe, who calls the project "just weird enough for me."
For Blythe and guitarist Mark Morton, who will also play on the track, the collaboration is a hoot. "It's going to be awesomely retarded, especially since I f—ing hate Christmas and she's Jewish!" Blythe wrote on his MySpace Web page.
Greenbaum says her fans always request a Christmas album whenever she sings holiday songs. "Barry Manilow, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond — all the Jews are doing it, I figured I'd just be the next Jew to make a Christmas CD," Greenbaum says.
Both Greenbaum and Blythe seemed to have been impressed by the other. Blythe calls Greenbaum a "very sweet person," and she says she was surprised by how good Blythe's singing voice is, because it's not so much singing as screaming that he does on Lamb of God albums.
The three haven't decided on the song yet. Greenbaum says it will be something traditional, but "stylistically I don't know what it will be."
As for the exposure Greenbaum might get from her Lamb of God connection, she says, "It opens up a whole new demographic for both them and me, although it's a little less likely that my fan base will cross over, but I guess fans of mine that have kids will be stoked."
Blythe says he doesn't know or care what his fans will think. "It's a fun thing as a musician," he says.
Read the full article at Style Weekly.
"Seize The Day" will be the next single from Avenged Sevenfold's latest album City of Evil. Click any of of the links below to stream the track:
- Quicktime - Low Bandwidth
- Quicktime - Low Bandwidth
- Windows Media - low bandwidth
- Windows Media - high bandwidth
A video for "Seize The Day" is forthcoming.
THE ESOTERIC are well underway recording "Subverter," the band’s forthcoming, second release for Prosthetic Records.
“We've been having a great time recording with Paul Malinowski,” vocalist Steve Cruz comments on the band’s official website. “The sounds he has been getting are amazing and add so much to these songs. We feel like we are making the record we want to make and this time everything is more potent than ever. Each song stands on its own and there is much more variation and intent in all departments.”
Another studio update from drummer Marshall Kilpatric can be viewed at the official website for THE ESOTERIC and in-studio photos can be viewed here.
The cutting-edge outfit began recording May 8 at Black Lodge Recording in Eudora, KS with producer / engineer Paul Malinowski (Shiner, Open Hand). The follow up to 2005’s critically-acclaimed debut, With the Sureness of Sleepwalking, will be mixed at KCMO's West End Recording Studios. Kristen Ferrell and Empty Design will be handling artwork for the new record, which will also feature a guest spot from vocalist Steve Tulipana (Season To Risk / Roman Numerals). Subverter is currently slated for a tentative fall 2006 release date through Prosthetic.
THE ESOTERIC tour dates:
6/23 Wichita, KS – The Eagles Lodge North
6/24 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
7/08 Lawrence, KS – The Replay Lounge (with Skarp)
(with At All Cost, Versus The Mirror)
7/11 Selingsgrove, PA – The Firehouse Café
7/20 Jacksonville, FL – Thee Imperial
7/22 West Palm Beach, FL - Ray’s Downtown Blues
7/28 Oklahoma City, OK – The Glasnot
Having recently completed the second leg of their Polish tour in support of the Demigod album, Behemoth frontman Nergal has checked in with the following update:
"It was simply a blast. Touring with such a company [ Corruption, Virgin Snatch, Hermh] and playing in front of packed venues was a perfect ending for this never ending tour. I loved the fact that we also finally played a decent crowd and a nice venue in our hometown. I'm sure that no one who saw us in action was disappointed. We gave our very fuckin' best and it feels to good to see you guys gave so much inreturn! Moreover, sharing stage with Virgin Snatch, Hermh and Corruption was an awesome experience and the whole tour turned out to be a massive success.More...
Immortal frontman (when they were together) Abbath is talking about Immortal possibly reuniting. He is in the studio at the moment recording the debut album for 'I' but he spoke to German magazine 'Rock Hard' about a possible reunion.
Here is a statement from Abbath: "We will come back, stronger than ever. I recently met with Horgh (old Immortal Drummer), for the first time in over a year. He's built his new house here in Norway, right around the corner. In the next few days we will begin to rehearse our old 'Blizzard Beasts' classics. I'm already really excited about the idea."
When asked if this was just a money making ploy Abbath said: "We're not coming back for the money. If we had been only interested in the cash, we wouldn't have allowed Immortal to split in the first place."
Abbath has also said that if they do reunite then they will also tour.