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Bassist Paul Barker has left MINISTRY after 18 years with the industrial-metal pioneers, according to MTV.com. Barker says his decision to leave the band was cemented by the death of his father on the final night of MINISTRY's summer European tour.
"Last summer Al was extremely enthusiastic about the possibilities of what the band could do, and I wasn't as excited. I thought, 'What are we going to do and what am I going to get out of it?' and I realized that now would be the perfect time to bow out," Barker told MTV.com.
Barker also said he plans to produce other groups and write music on his own:
"I wanna make big, ugly, heavy music because that's what I love," he said. "But it's pop music. It has verses and choruses. It's not abstract and experimental."
MINISTRY have hired John Monte (ex-MIND FUNK, M.O.D.) to replace Barker, and they're in the studio in Tornillo, Texas, working on the follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina", titled "Houses of the Molé". A late spring release through Sanctuary Records is expected.
The following is the press release on the Century Media Records website:
"The Century Family is proud to announce it’s joining forces with New Jersey-based label Now Or Never Records. This exciting collaboration will result in the Century Family, and its affiliated imprints, handling the manufacturing, marketing, and retail distribution of current and upcoming Now Or Never releases. This includes highly anticipated releases from DIECAST, DEVILINSIDE and THE POSTMAN SYNDROME.
Now Or Never has made a name for itself as more than just a typical hardcore label, but as a diverse operation showcasing a wide spectrum of aggressive styles, featuring acts like DIECAST, THE DILLENGER ESCAPE PLAN, BRAND NEW SIN, DEVILINSIDE, WORTHLESS UNITED, ALL ELSE FAILED and THE POSTMAN SYNDROME. Its artists have landed impressive tours that include SLAYER, MOTORHEAD, HATEBREED and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others, while being backed by a team of dedicated, energetic music lovers with quality distribution to aid in their already imminent impact on the music world. Now Or Never and the Century Family’s emphasis continues to focus on building up their artists in a “classic” artist development sense, a valued ethic that has been lacking throughout much of the music industry. It’s this ideal that has garnered much success with both labels’ diverse rosters and lasting relationships with their bands."
Former JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH singer Tim Owens spoke to FoundryMusic.com Friday (January 16) about his departure from PRIEST, the "drinking incident" with ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer that was spotlighted in the current issue of Revolver magazine, and his plans for a solo project. Asked if he would ever consider rejoining JUDAS PRIEST for a six-month tour that would feature the band playing only the classics (nothing off the "Jugulator" and "Demolition" albums that Owens sang on), Tim said, "Depends on how much money [they would offer me]...(laughs). I would never rejoin JUDAS PRIEST, ever. . . You know, that's a different scenario though. If they would ever call me, and say, 'You wanna do a tour?' but they would HAVE to play 'Jugulator' and 'Demolition'...There's no way they'd do it WITH me without doing them. I mean, it all depends on what I was doing. I would never quit ICED EARTH, and I never would rejoin JUDAS PRIEST. But if they did say, 'Listen, we're gonna do a couple of month tour, and you wanna do a tour with us, just being the guest Ripper here,' then I'd probably do that if it fit in my schedule. But I would never rejoin them [permanently]."
Regarding Owens' interview in Revolver magazine where he mentioned going on a press tour in Europe and noticing Schaffer's drinking habits one night," Tim said, "Yeah, that... You know...that thing has become a pain in the ass. That Revolver article, to me, on my end, was crap. They messed up everything I said. Never had that happen, but even some stuff I said about PRIEST was like, 'No, that's not even...' What happened was, we had an interview, and they spread whatever I said out wherever it fit into the article. After Jon would say something, they'd fit my thing in there. Read the rest of the interview here. FoundryMusic's entire 31-minute conversation with Tim Owens can be downloaded here (MP3 format, 22 MB).
Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY are in the process of reforming with a view towards releasing a new CD in late 2004 or early 2005. "[Drummer] Donald [Tardy], [guitarist] Allen [West] and I have been working on some new stuff and are thinking about a new album," singer John Tardy told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "We are just getting started and I know [Donald] has talked to [ex-OBITUARY guitarist] Trevor [Peres] about it, too. Right now we have no timeline or record deal set up, but we are writing songs. If all goes well, [the reunion] would be with all 'original' members [John, Donald, Allen, Trevor and bassist Frank Watkins]."
Although the reformed OBITUARY would likely perform select live shows before and after the recording of a new studio album, there is no truth to the reports that the band will make an appearance at the Sun N' Steel festival in Tampa in early March. "I don't know anything about a Sun N' Steel show...never heard of it," John said.
Formed in 1984 as EXECUTIONER (later shortened to XECUTIONER), OBITUARY are widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the death metal genre. After releasing several successful albums in the late Eighties/early Nineties (including the classic 1989 debut "Slowly We Rot" and its equally punishing 1990 follow-up, "Cause of Death"), the band announced their breakup, with John Tardy's disinterest in touring apparently a major factor, according to the Internet heavy metal encyclopedia BNR Metal Pages. Trevor Peres has since started CATASTROPHIC, while Donald Tardy joined Andrew W.K.'s band some time ago.
WINDIR frontman Valfar (a.k.a. Terje Bakken) (photo#1, photo#2) was found dead on Friday, January 16. He was 25 years old. Bakken's family are asking that speculation as to the nature of his death be withheld until the official report has been released.
Sogndal, Norway-based black metallers WINDIR (web site) had issued four albums, the last being "Likferd" through Head Not Found Records in July of 2003.
The band, who had inked a deal with Tabu Recordings early last month, were a highly acclaimed live act, having performed at such Norwegian festivals as the Inferno, Quart and Hole In The Sky.
In July of 2003, WINDIR played their first U.S. dates, which included an appearance at the Milwaukee Metal Fest, where they performed alongside such acts as ENSLAVED, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, M.O.D., NUCLEAR ASSAULT and BODY COUNT. These shows were followed by a very successful headlining Norwegian tour in the Autumn. The tour included headlining shows at both Mosh Fest and the 1001 Watt festival.
WINDIR's first album for Tabu Recordings was due to recorded at Sweden's Abyss Studio over a four-week period in May-July 2004. It is not presently clear if the rest of the band will carry on with a replacement frontman. A more detailed WINDIR biography and discography can be found at this location.
A Finnish lady dubbed Miss K has been enlisted as the band’s new vocalist – she is said to have a 3 octave range and according the the band’s website: “she is capable of transforming Stratovarius’ sound to something unique, something that has never been heard in metal before” – in addition, the drummer for the next album will be Anders Johansson, the brother of Jens Johansson. Meanwhile, Sanctuary Records is asking Timo Tolkki to pay back 1 Million Euros from the recording agreement advance based on their position that the agreement was for the old line up. Tolkki disagrees with their position and refuses to pay.
Former HYPNOSIA drummer Mikael Sjöstrand passed away on Thursday, January 8 after a battle with skin cancer. He was 27 years old.
A highly acclaimed Swedish thrash/death metal act, HYPNOSIA split up in June 2002 after a seven-year existence that produced a seven-song EP (1999's "Violent Intensity", Iron Fist Productions) and one full-length album (2000's "Extreme Hatred", Hammerheart Records). No reason was given for the band's break-up.
At the time of their split, HYPNOSIA were hard at work on the material for their second full-length album, which carried the working title of "World Sacrifice".
HASTE, after three critically acclaimed full-length albums, have announced the official departure of vocalist Kelly Reaves due to irreconcilable differences. HASTE further describes the recent lineup change below: More...
Murdo MacLeod of Scotsman.com is reporting that two Gaelic-speaking metalheads are organizing the first ever Gaelic-speaking heavy metal band, which will play a mixture of their own compositions and top metal hits, translated into Scotland's oldest living language.
ARMACHDAN LÈIR-SGRIOSAIL (Weapons of Mass Destruction), headed by Alasdair MacCaluim from East Kilbride, are working on composing Gaelic metal songs and translating a number of rock classics, including "Metal Gods" (Diathan Iarunn) by JUDAS PRIEST and "Die Die Darling" (Faigh Bàs, Bàs, Bàs a Leannan) by METALLICA. More...
In it's second year, the Online Metal Awards (run by the folks at Ultimate Metal) are now open for voting for the entire month of January. The site gives fans the chance to vote for their favourite bands, releases, labels and festivals (and more!) from the last year, every year.
Head over to http://www.onlinemetalawards.com/ and make yourself heard! And if you like this site, cast a vote for metalunderground.com in the "Best Metal Website" category.
(HED)P.E. vocalist Jahred (a.k.a. Paulo Sergio Gomes) has confirmed that the group have parted ways with guitarists Wes Greer and Sonny Mayo (guitar), as well as drummer Ben "BC" Vaught. In addition, the band have been dropped by longtime label Jive/Volcano Records.
The following is vocalist Jahred's official statement on the matter: More...
FACTORY 81 has left the following message on their official website regarding the disbandment of the band:
"After seven years of the greatest musical experience of our lives, FACTORY 81 has decided to part ways and pursue other goals. Although the timing couldn't seem to be worse with the new album almost being complete, we felt that if we were'nt into the project 100% anymore that it would be a diservice not only to ourselves but the fans as well. We've always prided ourselves on performing with as much heart and energy as possible and we didn't want to see that disintegrate over time. This band has fought through more obstacles than anyone will ever know. We were able to continue soley from the support of our friends and fans that made it more than worthwhile. It's impossible for us to put into words the amount of respect we have for you, like we've always said, you guys made FACTORY 81. We appologize for those of you that have been so extremely patient during these last couple years waiting for new F81 material. We still plan on making these new songs available to everyone one way or another. Once again, thank you so much for everything and making this past seven years the best of our lives......
Andy, Bill, Kevin and Nate.
Please continue to check in at Factory81.com for further updates on the release of new F81 material....we hope to post more songs online for free ASAP"
The forthcoming tour with IMPALED NAZARENE and THE LEGION has been cancelled. Here's THE LEGION's take:
“IMPALED NAZARENE are going on a European tour in May and the booking agency wanted to move the tour from February/March to a future date which wasn't possible for IMPALED NAZARENE."
THE LEGION also wrote:
"We have just finished with the last pieces of our recording session for the upcoming (limited edition) gatefold LP Unseen To Creation. Two bonus tracks were recorded in Art Decay Studio and it's a old song in a completely different version plus a cover with the mighty thrash legends TESTAMENT (Curse Of The Legions Of Death’). We have no release date at this point but it should be out in late February."
Down, the supergroup featuring former Pantera duo Phil Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass), guitarists Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) and Pepper Keenan (COC) plus drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod), have left their label Elektra. This seems to have happened following the disappointing sales of the ‘Down II: Bustle In Your Hedgerow’ album. Right now, the band are on ice, as the members pursue other projects, and it’s not known when/if there will be a third album.
In related news, siN's Metal News has an interview with Phil Anselmo, who answers questions about Down, Ozzfest 2004 and blank metal among other things.
VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland has been placed on strict lockdown at the Pasadena, CA. rehab facility where he is currently completing a six-month residential program after he was caught attempting to smuggle drugs into the center, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
Weiland, who was allowed out for several days last month, under police supervision, to complete his vocals for VELVET REVOLVER's debut album, is believed to have one more song left to record for the as-yet-untitled CD, tentatively due in late March/early April through RCA Records.
The album, which was produced by Josh Abraham (LIMP BIZKIT, STAIND), is currently being mixed at a California studio by Andy Wallace, who has previously worked with NIRVANA, WHITE ZOMBIE, LINKIN PARK, SLAYER and SEPULTURA, among many others.
As previously reported, the former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS vocalist was scheduled to appear in court on December 3 on a DUI charge, but the hearing was moved to December 23. Weiland will enter a plea at that time to charges of driving under the influence of drugs. He was arrested on his birthday, October 27, after crashing his BMW into several parked cars on a Los Angeles street, then attempting to flee the scene.
Candlelight today confirms the North American license for all Karmageddon Media recordings. The new partnership will see the US and Canadian release of all new and reissued catalog titles from the newly formed Dutch record label through Candlelight's stateside operation.
Starting in early 2004, Candlelight will coordinate release and promotion of new albums from Karmageddon Media - including Morifade, Torture Killer, Hearse (featuring former Arch Enemy singer Johan Liiva), Within Y, the eagerly anticipated Dismember as well as special enhanced reissues of Septic Flesh, Severe Torture, Aeturnus, Nocturnus, and the popular split album from Dimmu Borgir and Old Man's Child. More...
Ohio's Narcissus have broken up after five years and several albums. Formed in 1998, the group has subsequently released material with Clenchedfist Records and Takehold Records before signing with Abacus Recordings in mid-2002 and releasing their "Crave and Collapse" full-length just two months ago. Here's a statement from the band: More...
This is the message found on Septic Flesh's official web site:
"It is my sad duty to inform you that Septic Flesh has officially split-up!! After serious thinking the band decided that due to various circumstances they could no longer operate as a collective unit. Therefore, a journey of 13 years came to an end… The band send their regards to all their fans and followers of the Dreamlord who remained loyal to the band all these years and sustained the nightmare of Septic Flesh alive… we will never forget you."
On behalf of George Zacharopoulos, Manager of Septic Flesh.
After a nine-month investigation, a Rhode Island grand jury Tuesday indicted the two owners of the Station nightclub and the manager of the band whose pyrotechnic display during a Feb. 20 performance here started a devastating fire that killed 100 people and injured hundreds more.
Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, brothers who had operated the club since 2000, and Dan Biechele, the tour manager for the band Great White, were each charged with 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter -- two counts for each person killed.
The indictments represent the first criminal charges stemming from one of the nation's worst nightclub fires. The Derderians' charges were in connection with their alleged installation of flammable material on the walls for use as sound insulation. Fire investigators have said the material allowed the blaze to spread quickly, engulfing the club in minutes. Biechele's charges resulted from his use of pyrotechnics without a license.
Rhode Island law allows defendants to be charged with two separate types of involuntary manslaughter, each of which is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
The band manager has said he set off the pyrotechnics with the club owners' permission, but the Derderians have said they never knew Great White planned the display as part of its concert.
Read the full article at WashingtonPost.com.
Former Emperor drumemr Bård "Faust" Eithun has officially parted ways with Dissection. According to an official press release, Eithun made the decision after a meeting with Dissection guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt in Stockholm, Sweden. Bård "explained that he has been tense about what impression the whole deal with Dissection would do to him in practice and that he has come to the conclusion that he can't stand behind and live up to the demands of Dissection's Satanic concept, with the inevitable result that he has to leave the band. A decision Faust and Jon made in mutual agreement after discussing the problem."
"There are only two alternatives for us: doing Dissection wholeheartedly and with complete devotion, or not at all," explained Jon.
Faust explained: "There came to a point where I felt I had to compromise my own philosophy of life and maybe even go against some of my personal views and ideas. Evidently, the concept and the ideology was more emphasized and underlined in the band than I was originally aware of. In my eyes, the Satanic concept got totalitarian and it shaped the rest of band. Eventually, it all reminds me more of a cult than a band with individual musicians. My intention with Dissection was primarily musical; I viewed it as an honor to perform the old classic tracks as well as the new ones Jon has made during the last years. For me, anything else comes secondly, and it would be wrong to put a lot of my time and energy into something I couldn`t fully represent. Not to mention, it would be a waste of the rest of the band`s time and energy as well.
It`s very unfortunate that it came to this ending and I wish Jon the best of luck finding musicians that can stand behind the band 100%.”. More...