January, 2007 Archive
SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY have posted a 46 second preview of a new as-of-yet untitled song on their official Myspace page. SWWAATS features John Collett on vocals (DEHUMANIZED), Aaron Haines and Ian Sturgill on guitars (ex-BODIES IN THE GEARS OF THE APPARATUS), Chris Woodall (FILTH PORN) bass, and Mike Petrak (ex-LEPROSY) on drums.
SWWAATS are currently in DND Studios recording their debut which will be released by February 14th.
THE HAUNTED and MUNICIPAL WASTE will be teaming up for a European together starting around the end of April, here are the confirmed dates so far:
4/25 Tilburg, NET – O13
4/26 Deventer, NET – Burgerweeshuis
4/27 Groningen, NET – Vera
4/28 Leeds, UK – Cockpit
4/29 Norwich, UK – Waterfront
4/30 Newcastle, UK – Academy
5/01 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
5/02 Dublin, IRE – Voodo Lounge
5/03 Liverpool, UK – Academy 2
5/04 Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
5/05 London, UK – Mean Fiddler
5/06 Bristol, UK – Academy 2
5/07 Oxford, UK – Zodiac
5/08 Vosselaar, BEL – Biebob
5/09 Rennes, FRA – UBU
5/10 Nior, FRA – Camji
5/11 Barcelona, SPA – Apolo
5/12 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
5/13 Bilbao, SPA – Bilborock
5/15 Lyon, FRA – CCO
5/16 Milan, ITA – Rainbow
5/17 Geneva, SWI – PTR-Usine
5/18 Wil, SWI – Remise
5/19 Wien, AUT – Planet Music
5/20 Budapest, HUN – Kultiplex
5/22 Prague, CZE – Brodo
5/23 Wroclaw, POL – WZ club
5/24 Warsaw, POL – Proxima Club
5/25 Berlin, GER – Kato
5/26 Frankfurt, GER – 025
5/27 Munich, GER – Backstage club
5/29 Stuttgart, GER – Die Rohre
5/30 Bochum, GER – Matrix
5/31 Hamburg, GER – Moloto
Underground grind/metal band THE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINERS saw the release of their Relapse debut, "Olidous Operettas" this past Tuesday, January 23 in North America, January 29 internationally, in a package as unique as the band themselves.
"Olidous Operettas" comes in a deluxe biohazard specimen package with extended medical text-book insertions and topped off with a "corpse" scented scratch-n-sniff CD. The disc itself, when scratched lightly, will emit a noxious odor that closely resembles that of what TCME’s own Dr. Fairbanks describes as the "Essence of Putrescence".
You can hear "Nercotic Apolgue" on METAL Injection Radio's newest installment EP 52 of the DEAD ZONE at this location.
Belgian razor grinders LENG TCH'E have recently completed work on "Marasmus", the follow-up to 2005’s acclaimed "The Process of Elimination". The sixteen"Marasmus" tracks were recorded at CCR Studios before taking the record to the legendary Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden to mix with engineer Fredrik Nordstrom. "Marasmus" is set for a March 20 North American release date and March 12th internationally. Two preview tracks for the release can be heard now exclusively via the band’s MySpace page.
Additionally, LENG TCH’E are set to film a video for "Marasmus" track “1-800-APATHY” this weekend in Paris, France with film-crew oneOone (ABORTED).
LENG TCH’E will also be making live appearances at the Buried Fest and Front Fests in Belgium during February. A listing of confirmed LENG TCH’E tour dates can be found here with more to be announced soon.
CEPHALIC CARNAGE have entered the studio to record their as-yet-untitled new full-length album. The band is recording their follow-up to "Anomalies" in their own studio with long time producer/engineer Dave Otero. CEPHALIC CARNAGE’s, Zac Joe, recently gave this update:
“We've started work on our 5th studio album and even though Colorado was hit with three of the worst blizzards in its history, which brought everything to a stand still, John has completed the drum tracks and we are neck deep into the guitars. I can say without a doubt say that John has pushed himself harder and out-performed anything I've ever heard from him, and that’s saying a lot. As for the rest of the music, it gives me that excited naughty little feeling in the pit of my stomach that can only be compared to the first time you make out with your best friends girl.” The band will have the recording wrapped up by early Spring for a May 2007 release.
Additionally, CEPHALIC CARNAGE has been picked to support SLAYER and UNEARTH at the tour’s Denver stop on January 31. A listing of CEPHALIC CARNAGE tour dates can be found here with more to be announced soon.
Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of CARNAL FORGE. "Testify For My Victims", current working title for the band's anticipated sixth album, is to be mixed at Black Lounge Studios in early February with an expected May release date. Two videos have already been filmed for the album tracks "Numb" and "Burning Eden." Both directed by Owe Lingvall (Village Road Film).
Bassist Lars Linden says, "Carnal Forge are very happy to have signed to Candlelight Records. We have an utterly brillant peace of work soon to be released. We are all very satisfied how the songs have turned out and are very confident in the new more varied material. It will mean some change for you who have heard the previous albums, but hopefully you find it for the better. We for sure do and we are all very eager to get the new material out to the audience and to get out on tour again."
LAMB OF GOD has been confirmed to be playing on Late Night With Conan O'Brien Saturday February 10th at 12:35pm. The performance will mark the bands first ever appearance on network television. To read more about the scheduled appearance go to this location.
No word on what song the band will be performing, however it is expected they will show case a song from their successful release "Sacrament" which was released in 2006 through Epic.
Well, this rips. Plain and simple. It isn't the most original album around, but Year of Desolation's debut is a ferocious blend of death and thrash metal. Either this Indiana band is quite disciplined, or someone worked it to the bone, as the songwriting and performances are amazingly mature. The songs are crisp and concise, the guitars are tight and precise, the vocals smoothly blend rasps and growls, and you could set your watch to the drums.
In fact, the band could stand to lay off the click track a bit. One of its most appealing qualities is its strong old-school thrash influence. A cymbal catch here, a descending riff there – I don't know how old these guys are, but they sound like they wore tight jeans and white hi-tops in high school. While thrash can get technical, it's first and foremost about attitude. That attitude is lacking in these surgical performances; these songs need to have the manic, seat-of-the-pants energy of Reign in Blood.
This album is no retro trip, though, as it mixes death and thrash metal equally. Carcass comes through in the dissonant guitar harmonies; another influence, Swedish melodic death metal, weakens the material. Songs charge along viciously, only to deflate with thirds-based, third-rate Iron Maiden harmonies. Put away the weeny melodies, guys, and get to work on those whammy bars!
I don't mean to sound hard on the band, as this album is quite enjoyable. But Year of Desolation have potential to be more than just "enjoyable." They have the skill and chops to make albums that snarl and foam at the mouth. Until they get the confidence to keep more first takes, chew on this fine debut.
Now this is how you do Swedish melodic death metal! Imagine the hardest parts of Arch Enemy mixed with later Hypocrisy and Dark Tranquillity (minus the synths), with Amon Amarth's Johan Hegg on vocals. Sure, this sound is hardly original, but what's refreshing is its execution. Quite simply, this is the most headbang-able album to come out in a while. If it had been released ten years ago, its name would have been right up there with some illustrious peers.
Experience is much to credit for this. The band was once known as A Canorous Quintet, cutting its teeth in the fertile '90s Swedish metal scene. In 2005, the present lineup recorded a demo, sent it to only one label, and got signed. That label was Metal Blade – not bad!
What make this debut work so well are the perfect tempos of the songs. They vary in speed, but the band precisely calibrates each one for maximum impact. When you listen to this album, be sure to clear space for the headbanging sure to follow. Grooves range from teeth-rattling blastbeats to snare-driven stomps to majestic half-speed marches. Melodeath riffs fire away on top like it's 1997 again. No clean vocals, no boundary-testing experimentation – this is simply well-written, well-played Swedish melodic death metal.
QUICK BITS: DEICIDE drummer robs a bank? News on Van Halen, TOOL tour dates, Dillinger Escape Plan live footage
> Apparently, Austria hasn't heard of DEICIDE. Drummer Steve Asheim went to a bank this morning to deposit the merch money from the previous night's show. Perplexed by Steve's unusual attire, and the large amount of money being deposited, the bank clear clearly had to call the cops, and Steve was detained and had to explain himself before finally being let go. Lesson to be learned? Leather jackets aren't made for bank visits in Austria.
> Alert your parents! The reunion everybody wanted to see, about 10 years ago, is about to happen as it looks like there are discussions of DAVID LEE ROTH going on tour with VAN HALEN this summer. All this talk started once it was announced that Van Halen is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Can you wait for the drama of Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth in the same room? Who will need to use the defibrillator first! RollingStone.com put up an interview with Eddie Van Halen, if you're interested.
> As a follow-up to our story yesterday about the ANTHRAX reunion being over, former singer JOEY BELLADONNA was just interviewed by RockMyMonkey, and he said that it basically wasn't his decision to not record on the new album, and that he would love for things to move forward. When asked if he would want to do a new record, here is how Joey responded:
Oh, absolutely. I would have loved to do one, yeah. I mean, but again, and all due respect, there’s a lot of circumstances that take place to do that kind of stuff. There’s a lot of things involved. Just think about it, you know. You have to have material, you have to have a reason. You have to have everything. You have to have a place to do it, the circumstance. All the basics have to be there. Again, it’s not for me to decide any of that stuff. So I don’t decide it. It’s not my band. And you have to know that I was not there. I wasn’t in that band. They asked me to come back and do a reunion. So that’s about all I know. It’s hard for me to really answer anything specific here.
> The first round of TOOL tour dates have come in for the band's upcoming Spring tour:
Mar. 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
Mar. 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
Mar. 18 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
Mar. 20 – San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
Mar. 21 – Tucson, AZ @ TCC Arena
Mar. 23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
Mar. 24 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
Mar. 26 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Mar. 27 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center
> Finally, make sure to head over to our YouTube channel, where we have uploaded an entire set from math-metal noise makers DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, which took place in a Virgin Megastore. It's definitely a sight to be seen.
The man who rudely insulted the Doof-in-Chief at a party is back, and he's smackin' down Bush's gibberish State of the Union Address.
Regarding the economic imbalance in our country, I am reminded of the situation President Theodore Roosevelt faced in the early days of the 20th century. America was then, as now, drifting apart along class lines. The so-called robber barons were unapologetically raking in a huge percentage of the national wealth. The dispossessed workers at the bottom were threatening revolt.
Roosevelt spoke strongly against these divisions. He told his fellow Republicans that they must set themselves "as resolutely against improper corporate influence on the one hand as against demagogy and mob rule on the other." And he did something about it.
Yeah, he called Bush a robber baron on national TV. Democratic Congress. WHAT!!!11!!
> Guitar World recently announced the 100 greatest guitar solos of all time, and (shockingly) "Stairway to Heaven" came in at #1, followed by "Eruption" by Van Halen, Freebird and my all time favorite "Comfortably Numb" at 4. CityRag has posted links to video clips of the top 20 songs.
> For all you GUNS N ROSES fans still waiting for Axl Rose to put out an album, VELVET REVOLVER are reportedly putting out their 2nd album called "Liberated" on May 15th. If only they'd liberate us from the mediocre music they're putting out. The band is posting video clips on Youtube of the recording process. If you freeze frame at the right sections, you can actually see some visable coke residue. ZING!
> DOWN is on tour, yo! They will be opening some Canadian dates with MEGADETH for HEAVEN AND HELL, and then they'll be heading out for some headlining shows. Here are the dates (* indicates headlining show):
Mar. 11 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
Mar. 13 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Mar. 14 – Calgary, AB @ Saddledome
Mar. 16 – Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
Mar. 18 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Mar. 20 – Sault St. Marie, ON @ Steelback Centre
Mar. 22 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Mar. 24 – London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
Mar. 26 – Montreal, PQ @ Bell Centre
Mar. 27 – Quebec City, PQ @ Colisee Pepsi Arena
Mar. 28 – Ottawa, ON @ Civic Centre
Mar. 30 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium *
Mar. 31 – New York, NY @ Roseland *
Apr. 01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
Apr. 02 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
According to a posting at Blabbermouth, Scott Ian has announced to the official ANTHRAX fan club that Joey Belladonna has opted to leave the band and was not interested in recording any new material with the group. Scott had this to say:
We were offered a direct support slot on a major tour this spring and Joey [Belladonna, vocals] decided he did not want to move forward. The reunion is over. We tried to make it work but I guess that's the problem, you can't 'make' something work. It's gotta be natural and at least becoming a band again and playing live was.
He then went on to strongly suggest that the band will be reuniting with John Bush to record another record. With their recent releases of best-of compilations barely outselling any garage band with less distro than them, its hard to see how much of a future there is for Anthrax. I went there! After the jump, check out Episode 302 from our Vault, as METAL Injection was there at the press conference when Anthrax reuinted (FF to about 28 minutes in)
Interview with Erick Shute of PYREXIA, "…we have been dicked around so many times, we honestly don't know why or how we continue to do this."
I recently conducted an interview with Erick Shute, vocalist of New York death metal masters PYREXIA. You'll learn many things, such as how to use the word fuck no less than 5 times in a sentence. You'll also read about the bitter reality of what its like to be in a small band that does not have a commercially accessible sound. You'll learn I need to do more research. Check it out…
deadspout: Evening Eric, thanks for taking the time out to do this interview. Also thank you for being so patient with my busy life.
Erick: Been waiting a long time. About a year to be semi exact.
deadspout: Today [January 23, 2007] is the day your brand new album, "Age of The Wicked" was released through Unique Leader Records. How does that feel after such a long hiatus and so many changes since "System of the Animal"?
Erick: Well, I would like to say exciting, but really, its just a weight off the shoulders. It took a while to find a label that had half a fucking brain to realize, "oh, lets put out a band with some fucking talent for once". I fucking hate labels.
deadspout: In the time period between the last two albums, Pyrexia changed their name to Catastrophic. Were you in the band at that point?
Erick: (laughs) I would have been like like 16 or 17 at that point. I joined, I think, 4 years ago or so, when [CHRIS BASILE] left to put together Pyrexia.
deadspout: Who did you work with as far as Recording and Engineering? Did you record in New York?
Erick: Sabella Studios. Eric at Unique Leader helped out with getting it mastered. They did a phenomenal job. BUY IT!
deadspout: New York Death Metal has a HUGE history. Obviously when someone says NYDM the first band that sticks out in a fans mind is Suffocation, many other bands have had a hard time keeping it together. What drives Pyrexia to keep it rolling?
Erick: Well, we actually have a goal, dreams, work ethic, and a desire to succeed. Unlike alot of other bands I know, who get lucky and get signed and don't do a single fucking thing and don't fucking promote their own fucking band and sound like a bunch of fucking morons whens you put em in front of a fucking microphone and try to have a interesting conver-fucking-sation (Editors Note: Fuck, that's a lot of fucks!). The only thing that keeps Pyrexia going is… Pyrexia. We don't give a fuck about other bands anymore. We tried. The whole brotherly thing was more like a figment of the imagination, and then one day, we woke up and realized: Fuck these other assholes, fuck the labels, fuck the world. Not a single mother fucker will ever reach down to help you out and put you on a good tour, or anything. So many fucking assholes wanna rip you off, take your money, or just not pay you. It's a head ache, a fucking migraine. I constantly wanna go out and murder somebody when your offered something and then some other mother fucker takes it from you or says "oh we made a mistake". We have been dicked around so many times, we honestly don't know why or how we continue to do this. We haven't made a fucking cent. It's not even about the money. It's not even about the fans. The fans are a major bonus. It's about proving a fucking point. Whether its today, tomorrow, or next year. This band will become a headliner. I personally think Pyrexia is the most under-rated metal band in the world and I recognize the song writing is the best I've ever heard in so many spectrums, that's one thing that helps keep me going. Besides that, I wanna kill people 99.99% of the time. Especially when I go to a bigger concert where I wanna see the headliner, and I gotta sit through two sessions of fucking straight up garbage and know in my mind, if Pyrexia was playing, there would be people being taken out in stretchers because of the lethal slams that comes with the Pyrexia style.