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The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:
SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s loyal fans know by now that when the band’s mainstage stint on this summer’s Ozzfest winds down August 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida, the boys will be going on an indefinite hiatus, affording the heavy-metal quartet’s members time to focus on several side interests. SYSTEM are hoping the “very long break” will recharge their creative batteries, thus strengthening the group’s impending studio efforts.
The band insists that going on hiatus doesn’t mean the demise of SYSTEM, despite those persistent rumors suggesting the end is nigh. So what, then, does the future hold for SYSTEM‘s various parts post-Ozzfest?
Well, for guitarist Daron Malakian and bassist Shavo Odadjian, it’s SCARS ON BROADWAY, a fresh collective that’s still very much in progress but should start working on material this fall.
“It’s going to be another band that both me and Shavo are in, and we’re going to try and go places we haven’t with SYSTEM,” Malakian explained. “Each [SYSTEM] bandmember has his own thing he wants to do. Shavo has films he plans on working on too. So we all have artistic itches we want to get through, and I think these are healthy ways to do it. We’ve been around for 12 years, so it’s nice for us to break a little free and come back and hopefully appreciate [being in SYSTEM] more someday. We’re not putting any timelines on it.
“[SCARS] are going to go into a lot of different fields that SYSTEM haven’t gone into,” he continued. “I mean, heavy metal is an influence, but it’s not the focus of SYSTEM OF A DOWN. There will be metal elements in SCARS, but that’s not what’s going to define the music.”
For Odadjian, the SYSTEM vacation means returning to the studio with his good pal RZA, the mastermind behind WU-TANG CLAN. “We’ve been messing around in the studio, and I worked on a track that will be on the next Raekwon record, [Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2,]” he said. “With RZA, we have become good friends, and we’re in the studio together all the time. There’s a collaboration with the GZA which will be coming out soon, but we’re not sure when. We’ve been working on it the last four months and will start preproduction in Los Angeles [in the fall].”
The GZA/ RZA/ Shavo collaboration’s been named, but Odadjian isn’t giving up the goods yet. He’d like to wait until “we’ve got a few things on tape” before unveiling the project’s moniker.
Drummer John Dolmayan plans to take his obsession with comic books online with a new Web site, TorpedoComics.com. Not only will he be selling comic books, action figures and movies via the site, he’d like to host creative seminars with some of the writers and illustrators he’s loved since his childhood, as well as some of today’s leading artists.
“I am a big comic-book fan and always have been,” he said. “It’s sort of my second passion, next to drumming. So when I discovered we were going to be taking some time off, I thought, ‘What would be better [for me] to do than form this company?’ I just thought it would be fun.”
This summer, fans may notice that Dolmayan is hammering away on a new drum kit, which took him three years to assemble. The drummer enlisted 22 of his favorite comic-book artists including Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, Simon Bisley, Kevin Eastman and Neal Adams to contribute illustrations that he then had coated onto the kit’s various pieces. “A lot of the artists were fans of the band, or their kids were, and everybody involved I’m a big fan of,” he said.
Like Malakian and Odadjian,SYSTEM‘s intensely stylish, soft-spoken, Afro-sporting frontman Serj Tankian will be working on his own music this fall too. (He’ll also be working with FAIR TO MIDLAND and SLOW MOTION REIGN, the newest additions to the roster of his label, Serjical Strike.) Tankian plans to release his solo debut in late 2007.
“I’ve been writing it my whole life,” he said. “I’m really excited about it, and I have the same energy that I had when we were recording our first record. I have more than enough songs, but I’m also trying other methods of arrangements and tricking myself into doing things that I’ve never done to add to the dynamics, diversity and hopefully potency of the record itself.”
Tankian said the record is an all-engrossing experience for him, as he’s arranging all the musical elements to each of the songs. “I’m writing the drum parts, the guitars, the bass, the pianos, the strings, the vocals everything from scratch,” he said. “I will be bringing different friends in to do live stuff; I’d love to work with John on a few tracks. But I am literally writing every part, so I know exactly what I want out of the songs. It’s taking up the majority of my time. It’s still rock, but it definitely takes different directions, different vibes and different types of melodies and rhythms that System haven’t touched upon.”
And what say ye, Serj, of SYSTEM‘s impending hiatus?
“SYSTEM OF A DOWN are always there for us, whenever we want to be there for SYSTEM OF A DOWN,” he said.
The End Records have signed extravagant gothic/metal/carnival/rock ensemble STOLEN BABIES.
STOLEN BABIES are a unique band in their own right, a talented act that has amassed a following with their energetic and freakish live shows. The band’s musical style is a cauldron of ideas that serves up a wonderful variety of vibrant styles meshed together into a pure chaotic frenzy. And it works.
With elements of gothic rock, industrial, punk and metal brewing within, it’s not hard to see why the band has been able to impress fans and critics who have stumbled upon their mischievously power-packed numbers. The band’s well-received debut release ‘There Be Squabbles Ahead’ will be released in digipak format on The End Records on October 3rd, 2006.
About signing with The End Records, STOLEN BABIES comment, “Signing with The End became the obvious choice for STOLEN BABIES. As a band with a very strong artistic vision we knew what we were looking for in a label and The End was the missing ingredient in our cupcake of madness!”
TESTAMENT have announced two shows, October 6th and 7th, at Jaxx in Springfield, VA. More dates are expected to be announced shortly.
New York City death metallers FECAL CORPSE have lined up the following upcoming tour dates:
July 15 – Albany, NY @ Valentines
July 27 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards w/ Deeds of Flesh
July 29 – Lansing, IL @ J.J. Kelley’s (Ill-I-Noize Fest)
July 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 w/ Anal Blast, Lividity
July 31 – Davenport, IA @ TBA w/ Anal Blast
August 1 – Lincoln, NE @ Chatter Box w/ Anal Blast
August 2 – Burbank, IL @ Champs Rock Room w/ Anal Blast
August 3 – Cleveland, OH @ Pirates cove w/ Embalmer
August 4 – Akron, OH @ R/E Nightclub w/ Embalmer
August 5 – Valley City, OH @ Pukebomb’s Bash w/ Embalmer
August 10 – Freeport, NY @ Odins Tavern w/ Intenstinal Strangulaton
August 18 – New York, NY @ Downtime w/ Origin, Estuary
August 25 – Peterborough, ON @ Trasheteria w/ Lapidate
August 26 – Toronto, ON @ Adam’s
October 13 – Murfreesboro, NC @ Zakk’s Coffeehouse
October 14 – Greenville, NC @ Silver Bullet (Greenville Metalfest)
French metallers LYZANXIA have inked a worldwide deal with Listenable Records. The group’s third full-length album, Unsu, will be released in September all over Europe and a short time later in the U.S.
The follow-up to 2004’s Mindcrimes was recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden by Fredrik Nordstrm and Patrick J. Sten. The mastering was done by Peter In De Betou at Tailor Maid Studio. The album has 12 tracks and the cover artwork was designed by Alain Trhard.
A brand new LYZANXIA track, entitled “Path Blade,” has been made available for download at this location.
Los Angeles melodic thrash/death metallers CERBERUS have inked a deal with Creator-Destructor Records. They will enter Castle Ultimate Studios in Emeryville, CA with producer Zach Ohren (ANIMOSITY, ALL SHALL PERISH, LIGHT THIS CITY) in early 2007 to record their Creator-Destructor debut. For more information on the band, check out their official MySpace page.
Not exactly new, but the following article was posted on Pollstar.com:
Syd Barrett, the troubled talent who co-founded PINK FLOYD but spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.
The spokeswoman – who declined to give her name until the band made an official announcement – said Barrett died several days ago. She did not disclose the cause of death. Barrett had suffered from diabetes for many years.
Barrett co-founded PINK FLOYD in 1965 with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright, and wrote many of the band’s early songs. The group’s jazz-infused rock and drug-laced, multimedia “happenings” made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene. The 1967 album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn largely written by Barrett, who also played guitar was a commercial and critical hit.
However, Barrett suffered from mental instability, exacerbated by his use of LSD. His behavior grew increasingly erratic, and he left the group in 1968 – five years before the release of PINK FLOYD‘s most popular album, Dark Side of the Moon. He was replaced by David Gilmour.
Barrett released two solo albums The Madcap Laughs and Barrett but soon withdrew from the music business altogether. He spent much of the rest of his life living quietly in his hometown of Cambridge, England, and reverting to his real name, Roger Barrett.
He was a familiar figure, often seen cycling or walking to the corner store, but rarely spoke to the fans and journalists who sought him out over the years. Despite his brief career, Barrett‘s fragile, wistful songs influenced many musicians, from David Bowie – who covered the Barrett track “See Emily Play” – to the other members of PINK FLOYD, who recorded the album Wish You Were Here as a tribute to their troubled bandmate.
It contained the song “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” “Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.” The band also dwelt on themes of mental illness on the albums Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. The band spokeswoman said a small, private funeral would be held.
There is another new live performance video of IN FLAMES available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. It is for their track “Leeches” from the band’s latest release “Come Clarity” via Ferret Music. The footage was taken at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester NY earlier this year.
Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH has posted the following update:
On Monday July 24th we will be making the official announcement of Gigantour 2006 North America with information on this year’s Line-up, the cities, the venues, and the dates as well. You can get information here or at the Gigantour site.
Reunited black metallers IMMORTAL have confirmed that they’ll be headlining next year’s Wacken Open Air festival which is set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany.
Grindcore legends TERRORIZER will be performing at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on November 26th. More dates are expected to be announced shortly.
SET YOUR GOALS have added more shows to their short summer run with THE DISTANCE:
July 14 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
July 15 – Soledad, CA @ The Castle
July 16 – Santa Barbara, CA @ La Casa
July 17 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
July 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Workmen’s Circle
July 19 – Tempe, AZ @ Big Fish Pub
July 21 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
July 22 – Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club
July 23 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
July 25 – Tulsa, OK @ The Pinkeye
July 26 – Wichita, KS @ JC’s House Of Rock
July 28 – Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
July 30 – Westlake, CA @ Kung Foo Corner
July 31 – Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
August 1 – San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
In other news, the band’s latest release Mutiny! hit stores today.
DEAD HEARTS have finalized their upcoming summer tour with such acts as GET BACK UP, CRIME IN STEREO, and LIFE LONG TRAGEDY. The tour schedule is as follows:
July 21 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Community Center
July 22 – Tuckerton, NJ @ Parkertown Fire Hall
July 23 – Dunkirk, NY @ Dunkirk Boys and Girls Club
July 24 – Romeo, MI @ Static Age Caf
July 25 – Louisville, KY @ The Compound
July 26 – Peoria, IL @ Peoria VFW
July 27 – Cedar Falls, IA @ The Boat House
July 28 – Moline, IL @ Caras Studio
July 29 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo VFW
July 30 – Lincoln, NE @ The Chatterbox
July 31 – Kansas City, MO @ The Anchor
August 1 – Denver, CO @ Sox Place
August 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
August 3 – Jerome, ID @ The Point
August 4 – Portland, OR @ The Posi Den
August 5 – Seattle, WA @ West Seattle Legion Hall
August 6 – Redding, CA @ The YMCA
August 7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
August 8 – Livermore, CA @ Unity Skate Shop
August 9 – Reno, NV @ The Fourteenth Ward
August 10 – Sacramento, CA @ TBA
August 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Sink With Cali Fest
August 15 – Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
August 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
August 17 – Flagstaff, AZ @ TBA
August 18 – Tucson, AZ @ 36 Chambers Of Death
August 20 – Dallas, TX @ TBA
August 22 – Apex, NC @ Megahops
August 23 – Lexington, SC @ Round Hill Community Center
August 25 – Chamblee, GA @ The Shop
August 26 – Delray Beach, FL @ Backbone Music
August 27 – Orlando, FL @ Karma Korner
August 28 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
August 29 – Lexington, KY @ Picadome Clubhouse
August 30 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
August 31 – Lemoyne, PA @ Championship
July 21 – July 31 w/ Get Back Up
July 23 – August 20 w/ Another Breath
August 22 – August 31 w/ Crime In Stereo, Life Long Tragedy
JEDI MIND TRICKS have released more dates for their upcoming tour in support of their upcoming new album Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell. Confirmed opening acts are RA THE RUGGED MAN and OUTERSPACE:
September 19 – New York, NY @ SOB’s
September 20 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
September 21 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
September 22 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
September 26 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
September 29 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
October 1 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
October 2 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
October 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
October 11 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brewing Company
October 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
October 20 – New Orleans, LA @ The House of Blues
More dates are expected to be released shortly.
NEURAXIS have posted the following update:
Earlier this year, NEURAXIS had agreed to take part in a US tour alongside BENEATH THE MASSACRE & VICTIMAS which was to take place for late July/early August. In late June it was decided that we had to cancel our participation on this tour. We had advised the tour promoter of our decision. There was several reasons we could not do this tour:
With a month to go before the tour was to start, we had only received half of the confirmed dates. We felt this was not enough time to properly promote and spread the word about this tour.
NEURAXIS did not have work permits to enter the US to tour. This would mean we would have to attempt to pass through with a false reason. NEURAXIS has done this before in the past and it is a very stressfull situation because the US border is very strict and its always a 50/50 chance we could be denied, add to that if we are caught lying we could be permanently banned from entering the US(including our vehicle).
At the same time, NEURAXIS was offered to do another tour in Canada at the same period of time. We felt this new offer was a lot safer and would be a better choice. More news on this coming soon.
With all these reasons we decided we had to cancel. We want to thank Joe Hernandez (the tour promoter) for his work and time that he put into the tour.
The reason for this announcement is because we have received some emails from promoters and fans that still think NEURAXIS is on this tour. Please be aware we are no longer playing. We plan on returning to the US sometime this year/early next year.
Relapse Records have announced the signing of Chicago / Peoria, IL quartet MINSK.
MINSK bassist / vocalist Sanford Parker comments on the signing; “Relapse‘s long standing commitment to signing great progressive and creative bands make it a perfect place for us to be, and we’re very happy to be a part of [the label].” MINSK‘s yet to be titled Relapse debut is scheduled for an early 2007 release and will be recorded by Parker and the band at his Volume Recording studio (PELICAN, UNEARTHLY TRANCE).
MINSK has previously released two recordings; 2005’s full-length Out of a Center Which is Neither Dead Nor Alive as well as the band’s 2003 release Burning. MINSK will see the vinyl edition of Out of a Center… later this year. The band will also be contributing to the upcoming EYEHATEGOD tribute, For The Sick, with their rendition of “Ruptured Heart Theory.”
New York death metallers DEHUMANIZED have posted the following update:
Late last year drummer and co-founder of DEHUMANIZED, George Torres, stated that he will soon be forced to leave the band due to personal issues. He has a family and life to think about and those issues come before anything else. Since that time he has done his absolute best to help us out with playing shows until a suitable replacement is found. Unfortunately, that replacement has yet to be found, and the time has finally come for George to take his leave, whether we are ready or not. He will perform at our next 2 upcoming shows, but after that he will no longer be a member of DEHUMANIZED.
So once again, we are in need of a full time drummer. DEHUMANIZED is a Death Metal band based out of Queens, New York, with members from all over the 5 boroughs and even New Jersey. We have a worldwide following, and enough new material to record a full length cd. What we need is an experienced drummer who has professional equipment, transportation, and the time to dedicate himself to this band. You WILL get to play shows all over Queens, Manhatten, Long Island, and plenty of places in Upstate New York. We have also had many succesful shows in Rhode Island, Massachusettes, Ohio, and Maryland, and plan to play all over the United States, and eventually Canada, South America, Europe, and Japan.
All interested parties can contact Mike at
New York death metal legends SUFFOCATION have revealed the track listing for their upcoming new self titled album, which is due out Septemer 19th through Relapse Records:
02. Abomination Reborn
04. Bind Torture Kill
05. Inis Concieved
06. Translucent Patterns of Delirium
07. Creed of the Infidel
09. Entrails of You
10. The End of Ends
11. Prelude to Repulsion* (remake)
Groundbreaking Japanese metal act SIGH has released the final tracklisting for their forthcoming debut for The End Records titled Hangman’s Hymn.
The final tracklisting is:
2 Inked in Blood
4 Dies Irae/The Master Malice
5 The Memories as a Sinner
6 Death with Dishonor
7 In Devil’s Arms
8 Overture/Rex Tremendae/I saw the World’s End
9 Salvation in Flame/Confutatis
10 Finale: Hangman’s Hymn/In Paradisum/Das Ende
The album will be released sometime later this year.
Click here to preview a pre-production quality medley of material from the forthcoming album.
Sabrine Duenser, vocalist for the female-fronted goth metal band ELIS, died yesterday after suffering from a cerebral haemorrhage Friday during the band’s practice. Duenser was born June 27, 1977 and joined the Liechtenstein-based band, then known as ERBEN DER SCHOFUNG, in 2001. ELIS released two full-length albums. A note from the band can be found on their home page at http://www.elis.li/.