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Eighteen Visions – Discuss New Album With MTV

The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:

Judging from the lyrics on EIGHTEEN VISIONS‘ self-titled new album, it seems like frontman James Hart has had his heart broken, torn out, stomped on and consumed.

And now he’s pretty mad.

In the band’s new single “Victim,” he shouts, “Give me one good reason I should be forgiving you,” and on “Burned Us Alive,” he declares, “You burned me once but you won’t burn me again.” But Hart‘s not griping about his shattered love life. It’s everything else in his world that has left him seeing red.

“I was just going through a very dark period in my life, and that was when I wrote most of the lyrics,” he said. “One of the worst things was I recently lost my grandmother, which was really hard to deal with. I’ve never had anyone die that I was close to for so long, and it made me question a lot of things and think about mortality.”

Grandma isn’t all Hart was thinking about when he worked on the band’s third LP, which came out July 18. He was also motivated by a friend who spiraled into the abyss of addiction; someone who unforgivably betrayed him; and the band’s last two managers, who didn’t see eye-to-eye with EIGHTEEN VISIONS.

“When we released Obsession two years ago, we started off at a high point,” Hart explained. “We had a few great support tours, and we had two managers. Then one of them left, and we were stuck with someone who wasn’t on the same page with us. Everything went downhill from there. We didn’t get as many tours as we wanted or the kinds of tours we wanted. We just needed to take some time and fix the machine.”

Those were difficult months for Hart, and he found that the best way to cope with his misery was to write. “The record definitely has that feeling of emptiness and loneliness and despair and even hatred,” he said. “Those were the emotions I was experiencing at that point, and I was able to get them all out through this record.”

Anyone hoping Hart‘s woes and frustrations triggered a return to the harsh metalcore of the first two EIGHTEEN VISIONS records will be disappointed by the anthemic verses and radio-ready refrains of EIGHTEEN VISIONS. Those who enjoy the electrically charged melodies of VELVET REVOLVER and DEF LEPPARD, however, will enjoy the mix of pop, hard rock and ’80s metal.

“I guess we’re more rock now and less metal, but that’s the direction we really wanted to go in,” Hart said. “It’s not like we don’t like to play metal anymore, we just feel like we can’t do it as well anymore, so why should we try?”

Just because EIGHTEEN VISIONS isn’t metal doesn’t mean it’s not still heavy. The guitar fills are dissonant, the beats crash and there are even a few chugga-chugga breakdowns they’re just cushioned between layers of multitrack vocals, sugary melodies and ’80s rock hooks.

“We all grew up in the ’80s, so I’m big on GN’RSKID ROW and DEF LEPPARD, and there are bits of that here and there,” Hart said. “But what we really wanted to do was take some of those ideas, modernize them, and implant them into our songs to see if they would work.”

The album is self-titled because, to them, it signals a rebirth. To Hart, it’s the first album that really expresses the band’s new, um, vision.

“It’s kind of like opening a new page in the book and moving on with a different type of band,” Hart said. “On Obsession, we changed our sound, but we played it safe at the same time. With this record, we wanted to go balls out. We didn’t care about what people would think. I just know this record is leaps and bounds beyond the last one.”

EIGHTEEN VISIONS started writing the new disc two years ago, as soon as they finished tracking Obsession, and by November 2005 they had stockpiled 30 songs. They quickly narrowed the number down to 20 and then entered an L.A. studio in December with Machine, who has also worked with Lamb LAMB OF GOD and BLOODSIMPLE. The producer’s perfectionist work ethic and over-the-top exuberance was an asset for the band.

“He’s a maniac, which is awesome,” Hart said. “He was literally bouncing off the walls in the rehearsal space and he was totally in your face, pounding his fists as we recorded. The energy was unreal, and it brought something special to the record.”

Currently rocking the Warped Tour, EIGHTEEN VISIONS will begin a solo jaunt August 15 before heading to Europe in September.

“Everything’s going great,” Hart enthused. “A lot of new people are checking us out and getting into us, and that’s what we wanted. We’re not necessarily leaving everything else behind, but we’re kind of saying, ‘Hey, this is who we are and what we’re doing now, love it or leave it.’ And that seems to be working.”

Insane Clown Posse – Initial Fall Tour Dates Released

Some initial dates have been released for the INSANE CLOWN POSSE‘s upcoming fall tour:

October 1 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 5 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
October 6 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
October 9 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
October 18 – Bricktown, OK @ Bricktown Events Center
October 20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
October 27 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

Sick Of It All – Tour Dates Released

SICK OF IT ALL have lined up the following dates with THE WARRIORS, THE AUTUMN OFFERING, and DEAD HEARTS:

September 16 – Buffalo, NY @ The Icon
September 17 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Kill Your Idols
September 18 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
September 20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
September 21 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
September 23 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
September 24 – Jacksonville, FL @ Fuel
September 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Top Cat’s
September 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom

DragonForce – New York City Show Announced

More dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE‘s headlining North American tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND:

September 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 11 – Portalnd, OR @ Roseland Theatre
September 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
September 13 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
September 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
September 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 24 – Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
September 25 – Montreal, QC @ The Medley
September 29 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
October 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 6 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

California Deathfest – Initial Details Revealed

Some initial details have been released for the first annual California Deathfest which is expected to take place September 2007 in Fresno, CA (the exact date and venue will be announced a later date).

Bands currently expected to perform include DISGORGE, SEVERED SAVIOR, EMBALMBERDEVOURMENT, GUTTURAL SECRETE, PUTRID PILE, DEHUMANIZED, SCREAMING AFTERBIRTH, INHUMAN DISSILIENCY, ARTERY ERUPTION, FOETOPSY, VICTIMAS, CONDEMNED, CEPHALOTRIPSYORCHIDECTOMY, DISLIMB, and more.

More details will be revealed in thecoming months, but in the meantime, you can stay informed by heading over to the festival’s recently launched official MySpace page.

The Human Abstract – Release 3rd Song Off “Nocturne” – Album Out August 22

THE HUMAN ABSTRACT have just released a third song off of their upcoming debut album “Nocturne” – out August 22.

Mea Culpa is streaming now at http://www.myspace.com/thehumanabstract

You can also the band’s first single Crossing The Rubicon spinning on WSOU, Music Choice, Sirius Hard Attack, and XM’s Liquid Metal.

Black Label Society – Push Release Date Up to September 12

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have pushed the release date for their new album Shot To Hell up a week to September 12. The band is currently on tour as part of OZZFEST 2006.

Seemless – Rollout Single ‘What Have We Become’ Named MP3 of the Week – September 5 Release Date

The rollout single “Cast No Shadow” from heralded Massachusetts hard rock quartet SEEMLESS’ forthcoming album What Have We Become has been named as the Boston Phoenix’s “MP3 of the Week”.  Accompanying the MP3 is a short profile on the fast-rising band as well as a new group photo shot by photographer Bruce Bettis.  The Phoenix is a weekly newspaper based in Boston, Massachusetts that emphasizes arts and entertainment coverage.  View it online at this location.

SEEMLESSWhat Have We Become will hit stores on September 5 via Equal Vision Records.  The band has announced a pre-release U.S. tour set to launch on August 4 at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI with  NONPOINT,  ANKLA.

Machine Head – To Enter Sharkbite Studios in August – Song Titles Revealed

MACHINE HEAD will enter Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California the second week of August to begin recording their long-awaited follow-up to 2003’s Through the Ashes of Empires, tentatively due in early 2007. Production duties will once again be handled by the band’s frontman Robert Flynn with assistance from Mark Keaton. Mixing sessions will be taken care of by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Aesthetics of Hate”, “Halo”, “The Beautiful Mourning” and “Now I Lay Thee Down”.

MACHINE HEAD kicked off their participation as part of the Sounds of the Underground tour yesterday in Mountain View, California. Remaining dates include:

July 31 – Denver, CO @ City Lights Pavilion
August 2 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Outside
August 3 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
August 5 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Years of Desolation – Complete Recording on Prosthetic Debut – S/T to see 2007 Release

Indiana thrashers YEAR OF DESOLATION have completed recording the band’s Prosthetic Records debut album in North Carolina with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes of the Dead). The self-titled release will see an early 2007 release, and audio previews will be available shortly.

“Just ask me about the Jack Daniel’s bottle, pissing in the parking lot and guitars being flung across the studio,” vocalist Chad Zimmerman says of the recording process. “All that aside, Jamie King is a crucial dude, the atmosphere he creates makes for a fucking unforgettable experience!  We’ve all had a blast being out here the past 3 weeks making friends and making the most devastating material we have done to date.  The only negative thing I can say about this whole experience: Fuck the mosquitos!!! See you all on the road!”

YEAR OF DESOLATION will hit the road with CERBERUS and FOREVER IN TERROR on the “Cultivating The Masses” US tour upon returning to Indianapolis. The band will then hit the road with label mates BURN IN SILENCE this fall. Dates for that run will be available shortly. After forming in 2001, YEAR OF DESOLATION released its debut album, Your Blood, My Vendetta, in 2004 before signing with Prosthetic in early 2006. “Teaming up with Prosthetic will be a good investment for both band and label,” guitarist John Hehman previously said. “We’ve got plenty to offer and so do they. When the self-titled album drops, everyone’s going to know that real metal isn’t dead. That’s what their goal is, and that’s exactly what our goal is too.”

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – New Songs Posted Online

You can check out a couple of new tracks from Germany’s DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER over at the band’s official MySpace page. Their new album, Riders on the Storm, will be released on August 25th through Nuclear Blast.

DragonForce – More Headlining Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE‘s headlining North American tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND:

September 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 11 – Portalnd, OR @ Roseland Theatre
September 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
September 13 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
September 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
September 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 24 – Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
September 25 – Montreal, QC @ The Medley
October 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 6 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Fast Eddie – More Upcoming Shows Announced

Recently relocated experimental jazz/death metallers FAST EDDIE have lined up a few more upcoming shows:

July 29 – Westlake Village, CA @ Kung Foo Corner
August 2 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
August 4 – Simi Valley, CA @ Carpe DM Cafe
August 19 – Newhall, CA @ The Rendezvous
August 30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy
September 9 – Long Beach, CA @ Dipiazzas

More information on the band, including their recent line-up changes, can be found at their official MySpace page.

Goregon Massacre Fest 2 – First Bands Revealed

The first set of bands have been revealed for next year’s Goregon Massacre Fest 2, which is set to take place in Portland, Oregon:

F.K.U.
GHOUL
DISSECTOR
EX DEMENTIA

MENACER

More bands and information is expected be revealed soon. In the meantime, you can check out the festival’s official MySpace page.

Down – Down III Coming Soon, Acoustic Cuts to Be Released, DVD in Production

DOWN and former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown checked in to the band’s official site, down-nola.com, to let fans know what’s going on in the world of Anselmo and co.

In a forum message Brown mentioned that DOWN’s next studio effort, “Down III” would be coming “real soon”, as well as certain tour plans and other exciting releases. The bulk of his post reads as follows:

“Look for DOWN to tour the Pacific Rim, then South America while writing two records at one time. We got tons of acoustic stuff… So we’re gonna do that, re-release the first album with me on bass, re-master Down II.. and we still got the DOWN film to go… so lot’s of cool stuff about to happen…”

Cradle of Filth – New Album Details Revealed

CRADLE OF FILTH‘s upcoming new album, Thornography, will now be released on October 16th through Roadrunner Records. You can view the cover artwork here, and the tracklisting is as follows:

1. Under Pregnant Skies She Comes Alive Like Miss Leviathan
2. Dirge Inferno
3. Tonight in Flames
4. Libertina Grimm
5. Byronic Man
6. I Am The Thorn
7. Cemetery And Sundown
8. Lovesick For Mina
9. The Foetus Of A New Day Kicking
10. Rise Of The Pentagram
11. Under Huntress Moon
12. Temptation

Carnivore – More Tour Dates Released

Brooklyn’s CARNIVORE (featuring Peter Steele of TYPE O NEGATIVE fame) have announced the following reunion tour dates:

September 2 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
September 6 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 8 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Dark Funeral, Enslaved – Team Up For Tour!

DARK FUNERAL, ENSLAVED, and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will team up to kick off the new year with a North American tour. The first dates to be revealed are as follows:

January 9 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 13 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House

Auditory Assault Festival – More Bands Announced

The organizers for the first annual Auditory Assault festival, which will take place on November 25th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD, have posted the following update:

TERRORIZER not playing Auditory Assault festival. If you’re wondering why TERRORIZER isn’t playing the festival, we will briefly explain. At first we wanted to write a lot about how ridiculous the experience was with the agency we dealt with for the TERRORIZER deal, but now we really don’t care about it. To make a long story short, deadlines were never met when they said they would be, and unfortunately we believed all of their lies and unfulfiled promises. We were told it was confirmed and obviously that was not true. We hope to never interact again with this agency which clearly could not talk to us like a man on the phone without hanging up on us and calling us every expletive in the book for no reason. The entire process was nothing but a waste of our time, but again, we don’t care anymore.

We have booked the following bands to appear at Auditory Assault festival. Very soon we will have 1 more significant band announcement to complete the billing in addition to the bands confirmed below, so check back soon for that:

ATHEIST (Florida) – We are extremely pleased to announce that this will be their first US show since 1991 and one of very few US appearances!
MONSTROSITY (Florida)
CRETIN (California)
MISERY INDEX (Maryland)
BATHTUB SHITTER (Japan)
PHOBIA (California)
INTERNAL SUFFERING (Colombia)
EMBALMER (Ohio)
COMMIT SUICIDE (Pennsylvania)
TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION (Pennsylvania)
TRIAC (Maryland)

For more information on the festival, check out it’s official site.

Gorilla Biscuits – New Unreleased Song Posted Online

New York hardcore legends GORILLA BISCUITS have posted a brand new unreleased track on their official MySpace. The track, entitled “At the Matinee,” can be heard here. The band have also announced a special matinee show at CBGB in New York City on September 3rd.

Underoath – Concerned About Friendship, Cancel Remainder of Warped Tour Dates

UNDEROATH have canceled their upcoming appearances on the Vans Warped Tour due to unforeseen circumstances. “We’re deeply frustrated and sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.  We felt it necessary to take some immediate time to focus on our friendship, as that’s more important than risking it for the sake of touring at this time,” the band stated.

Stay tuned for information about new dates. 

Army of Anyone – Feat. ex-STP, Filter – New Tunes, ‘Goodbye’, Streaming

ARMY OF ANYONE, featuring former members of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and FILTER, have released a new track to the net. You can give yourself a listen to ‘Goodbye’ at this location.

ARMY OF ANYONE is:

Dean DeLeo (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS)
Robert DeLeo (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS)
Ray Luzier (ex-DAVID LEE ROTH)
Richard Patrick (ex-FILTER)

The band was produced by Bob Ezrin, and their debut album is expected out later this year through The Firm management’s new label.

Poisonblack – Set to Support Lacuna Coil on tour in Europe this October

Finland’s POISONBLACK will support LACUNA COIL on their highly anticipated European tour to present their upcoming album “Lust Stained Despair” live. POISONBLACK’s new masterpiece “Lust Stained Despair” was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL) at Antfarm Studios and is due to hit UK shops September 4th 2006.

POISONBLACK was founded by Ville Laihiala, the voice of the legendary, but now defunct SENTENCED, the founders of melancholy-driven Finnish rock that had several number one singles and gold albums in Finland.

 Expect their ever-so slightly raunchy video for the track ‘Rush’ to be available very soon.

 Check them out live on tour with LACUNA COIL this October.

Impetigo – Ultimo Mondo Cannibale To Be Re-Issued On Halloween!

Razorback Records‘ re-issue of IMPETIGO‘s legendary first album, Ultimo Mondo Cannibale, will be released on Halloween 2006. The album has been re-mastered by Patrick Bruss from CRYPTICUS and will include a 16 page full color booklet with detailed liner notes from vocalist/bassist Stevo, old art and flyers, and so much more. The album features the original cover art that was banned in 1990, finally used in all of its gory-glory. You can view the artwork here.

Hatebreed, Napalm Death, Exodus – More Dates Revealed

More dates have been released for the upcoming “Monsters of Mayhem” tour featuring HATEBREED, NAPALM DEATH, EXODUS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DESPISED ICON, and FIRST BLOOD:

September 3 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 4 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 5 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
September 7 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
September 8 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
September 9 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
September 10 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
September 14 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
September 15 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
September 16 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
September 17 – Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
September 19 – Chcicago, IL @ House of Blues
September 20 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
September 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club