December, 2007 Archive
Man, that Scott Stapp is hilarious. He's got his thumb on the pulse of America. Ahh joking about terrorism and doing the best gosh darn George W. Bush impersonation this side of George W. Bush. Really, this clip speaks for itself.
Fight – Christmas Ride
King Diamond – No Presents For Christmas
Dokken – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Type O Negative – Red Water (Christmas Mourning)
Prototype – The Way It Ends
Torture Killer – Multiple Counts Of Murder
Seven Witches – Deadly Sins
Yngvie Malmsteen – Light Up The Sky
Nocturnus – Standing In Blood
Avantasia – Lost In Space
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Blabbermouth reports that they have confirmed the official lineup for next year's Gigantour will feature MEGADETH, IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, JOB FOR A COWBOY and HIGH ON FIRE. The tour is expected to start in mid-April and run until the end of may. Dave Mustaine recently said the decision was made to cut down the amount of bands from eight to five to give bands longer set times and keep things a little less chaotic. What do you guys think of this year's lineup?
> Bleeding Through have chosen "Declaration" as the title to their new album which they plan to begin recording in the spring with Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad fame producing.
> The third episode of Himsa's hilarious "Himsa TV" has been made available online here.
> Genghis Tron's new track "City On A Hill" has been posted online here. The song comes from the groups new album "Board Up The House", which will see a February 19th release date via Relapse.
JOB FOR A COWBOY have lined up the following headlining tour dates with THE RED CHORD and SKELETONWITCH:
January 24 – Fresno, CA @ The Exit
January 25 – Reno, NV @ Club Underground
January 26 – Midtown Bend, OR @ Domino Room
January 27 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
January 28 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
January 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
January 31 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Nuttys North
February 1 – Omaha, NB @ The Waiting Room
February 2 – Iowa City, IA @ The Picador
February 4 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Skelletones
February 6 – Lemoyne, PA @ Championship
February 7 – Dayton, OH @ The Attic Club
February 8 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
February 9 – Joplin, MO @ The Foundry
February 10 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Ballroom
'Tis the season for tour announcements. DOWN has announced more U.S. dates in support of their new record "III: Over the Under". The dates are:
UPDATE: We just got word that these tour dates are inaccurate. Please stay tuned for more information
January 18 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
January 19 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theatre
January 20 – Lafayette, LA @ Grant St. Dance Hall
January 22 – Little Rock, AR @ The Village
January 23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
January 25 – Springfield, MO @ Reminton’s
January 26 – Champaign, IL @ Canopy Club
January 27 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
January 29 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
January 30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
February 2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
February 4 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
February 5 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
February 7 – Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy’s
February 8 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
February 9 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
February 11 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
February 12 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s
February 14 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
February 16 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
February 18 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
February 19 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
February 21 – New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall
Taste of Chaos tour has usually been a tour featuring the lighter side of the metal genre, with bleedings in from the hard rock and punk world. It only makes sense, as its run by the same people who do Warped Tour every year. Wel, this year, they've really outdone themselves, announcing that next year's package will feature ATREYU, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, and BLESSTHEFALL. We will definitely NOT be covering this one. Tour dates after the jump… (more…)
DARKEST HOUR are hitting the road for a U.S. tour next year with CEPHALIC CARNAGE, EMMURE, and WHITECHAPEL. The following dates so far have been released:
February 1 – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
February 2 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
February 9 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
February 13 – Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theatre
February 14 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
February 20 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
February 22 – Iowa City, IA @ The Picador
February 25 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
February 26 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
February 29 – New York, NY @ Blender Theater at Gramercy
THE RED CHORD are also listed on some dates.
Quick Bits: Dimmu/Behemoth Tour, Neuraxis sign with Prosthetic, Misery Index new song, Mastodon in Gutiar Hero
> DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH are all but officially confirmed to be doing a co-headlining run between February and March.
> Prosthetic Records has announced the signing of Canadian progressive death metal band NEURAXIS. The group will tentatively release its Prosthetic debut in mid-2008.
> MISERY INDEX have posted a new song entitled “The Color of Blood” online over at the band’s official MySpace page. The track comes off the band’s recent split with MUMAKIL.
> Mastodon's "Sleeping Giant", Linkin Park's "No More Sorrow" and The Used's "Pretty Handsome Awkward" will be paired together as a downloadable track pack for play in the multi-platform videogame "Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock" this month. An exact release date has not yet been announced.
The Scum Of The Earth Tour featuring THROWDOWN, SOILWORK, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and WAR OF AGES has announced their initial tour dates:
Mar. 03 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
Mar. 04 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Mar. 05 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
Mar. 07 – Tampa, FL @ StateTheatre
Mar. 08 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar. 09 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone
Mar. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Mar. 11 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Mar. 12 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
Mar. 13 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Mar. 19 – Montreal, QUE @ Le Studio
Mar. 20 – Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
Mar. 21 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Mar. 27 – Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Mar. 29 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Below is the 2nd edition of Crustcake Presents. Every week, renowned music blogger Crustcake will present to you an album that will sync with your third eye and will aid your herbal adventures through the metropolitan terrains of life. Make sure to visit Crustcake’s blog for more of his musings.
Two words: "Bomb String." While other bands tune to dropped D or even C or lower, Miami quartet Torche take things a step further, tuning the low string of their guitars so slack that the sound emitted isn't even a discernible note. The bomb string's din can best be likened to the infamous 'brown note'.
Torche's signature sound is defined by– in addition to the bomb string of course– an unorthodox melding of heavy, sludgy riffing and former Floor front man Steve Brooks' catchy, almost poppy vocals.
In Return is the follow up to Torche's self-titled 2005 debut. Though it falls short of the 20 minute mark, In Return still manages to pack quite a punch. The psych-outs that diluted the overall heaviness of Torche are mostly absent on In Return, replaced by monumentally crushing riffs and a liberal serving of the aforementioned bomb string.
In Return careens out of the gates with the lumbering, angular riffing of "Warship." This is followed immediately by the EP's title track, which plays out more like the quick one-two punch of two separate songs. The first half is catchy and up-tempo and then, abruptly, Torche slam into low gear, hammering the listener with punctuated drums and sludgy riffs as Brooks delivers the EP's namesake lyrics, "we give you nothing in return!"
"Bring Me Home" is In Return's unexpected 'ballad'. Long tones and post-rock tremolo picking abound as imaginary lighters sway above the listener's head.
Torche crank it up again on "Rule the Beast" before going tectonic on "Olympus Mons," which is named for the tallest mountain in our solar system. Then, Torche continue their incessant eardrum destruction with the impossibly heavy "Tarpit Carnivore"– the last half of which is played almost entirely on the bomb string– and album closer "Hellion."
Bottom line: On In Return, Torche continue to hone their unique craft and, despite its brevity, In Return is definitely one of the strongest albums of 2007.
Above is Zep playing their classic "Kashmir", or as you kids remember it, P. Diddy's "Come With Me". The band of course played for the first time since before you were born yesterday in London, and with a rumored tour with the Cult set for sometime in '08 they sounded pretty good from my estimation via cell phone video. Here is the set list they chose to grace London with:
01. Good Times, Bad Times
02. Ramble On
03. Black Dog
04. In My Time Of Dying
05. For Your Life
06. Trampled Under Foot
07. Nobody's Fault But Mine
08. No Quarter
09. Since I've Been Loving You
10. Dazed and Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven
12. The Song Remains the Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock and Roll
More bootlegs (including Stairway to Heaven) after the jump: (more…)
NILE will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in March/April 2008 that will blow your heads off. Support on the trek will come from UNEXPECT, SUICIDE SILENCE and THE FACELESS. Go see this tour! Confirmed dates are as follows:
Mar. 08 – The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
Mar. 09 – The Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar. 11 – The Haven – Winter Park, FL
Mar. 12 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Mar. 13 – The Parish – New Orleans, LA
Mar. 14 – Meridian – Houston, TX
Mar. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
Mar. 16 – Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
Mar. 18 – Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 19 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Mar. 21 – Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
Mar. 22 – Slim's – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 24 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Mar. 25 – Static Bar – Kansas City, MO
Mar. 26 – Metro / Smart Bar – Chicago, IL
Mar. 27 – Headliner's Music Hall – Louisville, KY
Mar. 28 – Peabody's – Cleveland, OH
Mar. 29 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Mar. 30 – BB King's Blues Club – New York City, NY
Apr. 01 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 02 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
Apr. 03 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 04 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, DEVILDRIVER and SOILWORK pay homage to Dimebag at Dallas stop of tour
In the wake of other disappointing covers, this past Saturday, 3 years to the day that Dimebag Darrell was tragically murdered, members of LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, DEVILDRIVER and SOILWORK decided to pay homage to the slayed guitar god at a tour stop in Dime's hometown of Dallas, TX…and they even decided to play "5 Minutes Alone". Heres to you guys paying tribute to Pantera and deciding not play the overdone "Walk!"
It's been a year since Vader's Impressions in Blood came out, and the album is holding up well. And Blood Was Shed in Warsaw documents the February 12, 2007 show in Warsaw's Stodola Club promoting the record. Unsurprisingly, the setlist contains four songs from Impressions, showcasing Vader's move in recent years towards greater melody. However, the set includes selections from as far back as Vader's debut full-length, 1993's The Ultimate Incantation. The old material fits in well with the new, and confirms Vader's status as one of death metal's most consistently powerful acts.
Like other Metal Mind live DVD's – Krisiun, Obituary, Grave, among others – And Blood Was Shed has top-notch production. Seven cameras capture the action, including a flying overhead cam and one mounted on a track across the front of the stage. The plenitude of camera angles, along with slightly seizure-inducing editing, keeps things moving. Death metal generally isn't much of a spectacle (a nifty light show does pop up in the middle here), so this DVD looks and sounds about as sharp as it can get.
The band is on point, too. As Vader's bio points out, the group has progressed from being an Iron Curtain curiosity to a full-throttle death metal machine. Powering the machine in recent years after the death of longtime timekeeper "Doc" Raczkowski has been "Daray" Brzozowski, who is flawless here. His feet are lightning fast, and he pushes the beat seemingly effortlessly, with plenty of colorful cymbal work. It's a shame the only camera angle of him is from overhead. Nevertheless, his presence is very much audible. The guitarists feed off his energy, delivering fiery but tight performances (Orion from Behemoth/Vesania also comes out to front a cover of Kat's "Wyrocznia"). This is a highly disciplined, professional unit.
Vocalist/guitarist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek is the unit's mastermind, which a bonus interview makes clear. It lasts 25 minutes, which would normally be over-long. However, Peter is incredibly candid about a number of topics, including record labels, his bandmates, Doc's death, and Internet downloading. The interview is nothing less than a glimpse of the soul of Vader, and is perhaps the disc's highlight. The DVD also includes videos for "Sword of the Witcher" and "Helleluyah!!! (God Is Dead)," both of which are visually superb. It's refreshing these days to see videos in their actual fidelity as opposed to degraded YouTube versions. Dark and detailed artwork by Brazil's Marcelo HVC wraps up this strong package.