HIMSA‘s “Hail Horror” has overtaken the #1 position at American metal radio, as measured by FMQB, a radio trade publication. Beating out fierce competition at both college and commercial metal radio, the success for “Hail Horror” comes at a perfect time when the band is receiving hoards of positive press both domestically and overseas, as well as logging video airplay for the single “Sleezevil” and partaking in the hugely successful “Undoing Ruin 2006″ tour alongside DARKEST HOUR and Prosthetic Records labelmates THE ACACIA STRAIN. MTV2 will be re-airing the “Sleezevil” video on this weekend’s edition of “Headbangers Ball,” while HIMSA will continue touring the US through April 8 before heading back to Europe with DEATH BY STEREO and THE BANNER live appearances in April and May.
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CANDIRIA have finished recording a good portion of their upcoming album, which they hope to release this summer. Here’s an update from the band:
“It’s been brought to my attention that we really haven’t made any real attempt on getting concise info out about what we have been up to since the new year has begun. So here goes. This should give you a bit of an idea.”
“We started out writing new material in Jupiter 4 Studios during the first few weeks of January. Jupiter 4 is the studio owned and run by Ken Schalk and his brother Steve Schalk. We used the time there to write as much music as we could come up with. We then tracked drums there to about 16 different songs/peices of music. We also used this time after the drums were tracked to work out vocal ideas and let Carley do scratch tracks.”
“From there we took the recorded drums and went to see our old friend Mike Barile over at Purple Light Studios. We have always loved working with Mike and we new that we were going to get the sounds we wanted if we recorded with him. The combination of his gear and the gear we own is just phenomenal for what we are trying to accomplish. “
“We spent the next few weeks recording all of the bass and guitar tracks. Then allowed Carley some more time to work on more vocal ideas and lay down some more scratch tracks to see where we was at with all of the songs.”
“And that friends is where we are at today. We move on to the real vocal sessions in a week or so. And from there we are in the home stretch. I think there is a great chance of this record seeing an early summer release.”
A 60+ minute interview with SOiL guitarist Shaun Glass, conducted with ‘Metalheads Worldwide’ has been made available online. The interview previews two new tracks off the band’s forthcoming DRT Entertainment debut “True Self”, out this Spring. You can snag an MP3 of the interview at this location.
German technical death metallers NECROPHAGIST have released the following update regarding their Canadian tour dates:
“NECROPHAGIST apologizes for the confusion on the Canadian leg of their North American Tour, however this is why there have been venue changes, etc.:
The “Tour Producer” who originally set up dates for the band turned out to be a rip-off. His method of booking is totally unethical and leaves the band getting totally screwed. The producer was doing two shows himself in Montreal and Quebec City. He was given the option to keep the shows as is every promoter who has a date scheduled.
As you can see from the Ottawa show that is still scheduled at the original club, we have no intentions of cancelling all of our Canadian dates. We are very excited to play Canada and look forward to seeing all of you guys soon!
However, the following cities will definitely be played:
Quebec City, QC”
DRAGONFORCE have announced some more shows and festival appearances for the coming months:
May 15 – Melbourne, AUS @ Hi Fi Bar
May 16 – Brisbane, AUS @ The Arena
May 17 – Sydney, AUS @ Gaelic Theatre
June 8 – Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival
July 1 – Burgum, NET @ Waldrock Festival
Sweden’s GADGET have completed recording their new album, The Funeral March.
GADGET proudly carry the grindcore torch forward with The Funeral March. More than a devout collection of blasting beats, sweltering guitars and real-world lyrics, The Funeral March incorporates sinister melodies and a keen sense of dynamics to an already explosive mix. The finished track listing is as follows; “Choked,” “Feed on Lies,” “Requiem,” “I Am,” “Tristessens Fort,” “H5N1,” “Day of the Vulture,” “God of Led,” “Everyday-Ritual,” “Vägen till Graven,” “Illusions of Peace,” “Black Light,” “Out of Pace,” “Let the Mayhem Begin,” “Bedragen,” “The Anchor,” and “Tingens Förbannelse,”
The Funeral March is scheduled for a May 2nd release date in North America (May 8th Internationally). Photos taken by the band and crew during the recording session can be viewed here.
You can read CROSSBREED‘s statement as to why they dropped off their tour with NOTHINGFACE on their MySpace page here
CHIMAIRA and ARCH ENEMY have announced the first dates for their upcoming co-headlining tour with HATE ETERNAL:
April 3 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
April 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 12 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
with GOD FORBID:
April 14 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
April 29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
April 30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
The first dates have been released for A LIFE ONCE LOST‘s upcoming tour with CEPHALIC CARNAGE, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, and SCARLET:
April 22 – Fairdale, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
April 23 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement,
May 14 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Nuclear Blast Records’ ALL SHALL PERISH and WINDS OF PLAGUE have been added to the 1st Annual SMNnews.com presented and sponsored CALIFORNIA METALFEST. Set to take place on May 13, the festival also features the likes of:
DARKEST HOUR, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION, CALIBAN, NECROPHAGIST, ON BROKEN WINGS, CATTLE DECAPITATION, SCARS OF TOMORROW, SWORN ENEMY, REFLUX, ION DISSONANCE, FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW, ANIMOSITY, JOB FOR A COWBOY, THE BURNING SEASON, THE FACELESS, LIGHT THIS CITY, PARIA, ARSIS, NEURAXIS, ALARUM, SUICIDE SILENCE, EMBRACE THE END, TOO PURE TO DIE, SUMMERS END
Former CREED frontman Scott Stapp thinks a recently released sex video showing him and KID ROCK with several strippers is meant to sabotage him.
“Obviously someone wants to hurt me and doesn’t want me to be successful in my solo career,” Stapp told AP Radio in a recent interview.
Stapp claims the tape, which was made in 1999, was stolen from him. He and KID ROCK have won a temporary court order preventing World Wide Red Light District from distributing the video or promoting any part of it.
Red Light, which sold the infamous Paris Hilton sex tape in 2004, had displayed a 40-second preview clip of the video on its Web site. The company has acknowledged that the tape came from a third party, but has denied that it was stolen.
The tape was released just days after Stapp, the former lead singer of CREED, married former Miss New York Jaclyn Nesheiwat in Miami on Feb. 10.
Stapp, 32, says the tape was made soon after he was divorced from Hillaree Burns.
He said he previously told his new wife about having a wild year and that she accepts the tape as part of his past.
“You think it’s part of your rock ‘n’ roll memories,” Stapp said. “I should have burned that tape.”
The tape was not the only thing causing Stapp headaches. A day after his wedding, Stapp was arrested for investigation of being drunk at Los Angeles International Airport. He is set for arraignment on March 8.
“You don’t want to say it’s laughable, but it’s just like, my God, there’s so much stuff,” he said. “Somebody does not like you and somebody wants you to fail.”
The Associated Press article can be found at this location.
Alan Glassman of Massachusetts based brutal death metallers GORATORY has issued the following update regarding the band’s signing to Grindethic Records:
“So, its official now. There isnt any thing about us on there website yet because we are fat ugly and unimportant. As long as everything goes smoothly, i’ll be able to post pictures of our signing bonus pretty soon. i’ll explain that later though.
My cock felt like there was a knife shoved in it for almost an hour yesterday after i took a piss. It hasnt done it again since, but seriously, what the fuck.”
OVERCAST, the Massachusetts based band made up of members from SHADOWS FALL, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and UNEARTH, will be reuniting for this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA at The Palladium. The band will be performing at the April 29 show as the third headliner, right behind headliners ARCH ENEMY and CHIMAIRA (direct support). The headliner for the Friday, April 28 show is LACUNA COIL and the headliners for the April 30 show are GAMMA RAY and DRAGONFORCE.
The official New England Metal and Hardcore Festival website has over 80 bands listed to perform at the three day festival. However, only 34 of those bands have confirmed which dates they will perform at. The following is a list of what bands have been confirmed for what dates. So, while the other bands have been confirmed for the festival, only these bands have announced which dates they will perform at. This list was (tediously) complied by SMNnews.com:
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, ALARUM, ARSIS, NECROPHAGIST, NEURAXIS, DEMIRICOUS, STILL REMAINS, NODES OF RANVIER, IF HOPE DIES, LIGHT THIS CITY, ON BROKEN WINGS, SUICIDE SILENCE, THINE EYES BLEED
ARCH ENEMY, CHIMAIRA, OVERCAST
EXODUS, SUFFOCATION, CRYPTOPSY, IMMOLATION, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, SKINLESS, THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE, CALIBAN, ION DISSONANCE, SWORN ENEMY, EMBRACE THE END, RIGHTEOUS JAMS,
GAMMA RAY, DRAGONFORCE
BRONX CASKET COMPANY, GOAT HORN, HYPERSOLID
Click FULL STORY for the complete list of bands confirmed for the festival according to the NEMHF website. More bands are expected to be announced soon.
As one of the leading post-hardcore/punk labels in the industry today, WARCON Enterprises has announced that it has signed the forefathers of the genre themselves HELMET. Under the deal, HELMET will release a new album which is slated for early summer 2006 and has confirmed that they will headline this year’s Warped Tour.
According to Page Hamilton, founder, songwriter and guitarist for HELMET, several of the album’s songs have already been written and Wharton Tiers has been confirmed as the project’s co-producer. Tiers recorded the band’s first two releases ‘Strap It On’ and ‘Meantime’, which sold over a million copies and defined the brusque element of American’s underground rock scene.
“Wharton was my only choice to co-produce this project with me,” said Hamilton. “I want to get back to my roots with this release and what’s really cool is that we are actually using the same tape machine that we recorded our first two albums with. The whole thing is also going to be done in all analog to give it that classic HELMET sound. We’re very excited about it.”
“I really like what Warcon stands for,” he said. “In today’s music climate, it’s more intriguing to be involved in every aspect of the project. The structure of this deal makes me more of a partner rather than the traditionally signed artist / record deal approach, which for me personally has little value anymore.”
HELMET fans should be thrilled to have the band back in full force. Taking a six-year hiatus after releasing their fourth album ‘Aftertaste’, the band returned in 2004 to release ‘Size Matters’ and a “best of” CD but it’s not until now that Hamilton has decided to go back to the organic sound that they are known for. The sound that actually sparked a new brand of metal that crossed all traditional music boundaries and paved the way for such bands as CHEVELLE, THE DEFTONES, NORMA JEAN and others.
“The first song I ever learned to play on the guitar was a HELMET song. I pretty much just tried to figure the songs out and that’s how I learned to play basically. Helmet is a band that I have listened to for years and will always enjoy them because they have the sweetest riffs I have ever heard. I love to air drum to them in the car also! I wouldn’t be the same without HELMET in my life,” said Chris Day, guitarist for NORMA JEAN.
Chi Cheng, bass player for DEFTONES, says that he was also influenced by HELMET. “Every band should wish to aspire to the originality and genius of HELMET. An inspitation to fans and musicians-alike.”
HELMET‘s first appearance under the Warcon label will be at this year’s SXSW festival where they will perform with fellow label mates OPIATE FOR THE MASSES, STREET DRUM CORPS, MY AMERICAN HEART, DIR EN GREY at the PETA documentary party and the WARCON showcase.
11 million albums sold, multi-platinum act STAIND are set to headline the Spring 2006 edition of the JAGERMEISTER MUSIC TOUR. On the heels of the sold out Fall/Winter tour featuring DISTURBED, support will come from THREE DAYS GRACE and HURT. The tour will kickoff April 20 and run through mid-June.
Another UNEARTH live video has been, excuse the pun, unearthed. This time the performance is for their track ‘My Heart Bleeds No Longer’ with footage taken at Club Tundra in Syracuse, NY. You can find out more at this location.
FIVE BOLT MAIN, featuring former members of FLAW, THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, featuring former members of P.O.D., and ELEMENT EIGHTY, formerly signed to Universal Records, are set to hit the road together early this Summer. Scheduled to kick off May 5, the South/Southeast/Midwest tour is planned to last at least through until mid-June.
According to an official post on their MySpace, the longstanding Tampa, Florida venue The Masquerade has shut it’s doors. No official statement or reason has been given. The club was first opened on October 24, 1987 and closed down on February 25, 2006.
New Green Carnation Album Title Revealed; Nattefrost Runs Around In Donald Duck Outfit Without Pants
SMNnews.com has conducted a new interview with GREEN CARNATION/BLOOD RED THRONE/CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex-EMPEROR and ex-SATYRICON guitarist Tchort Monday night at GREEN CARNATION‘s debut New York City performance. Serious and funny questions asked and answered abroad. A couple excerpts are as follows:
Has writing begun for the next album?
It has, it’s actually finished. But the cycle-ite that I am, I’ve got a vision…and the vision says, “you need to expand.” So the idea for the next album turned out to be really massive. We devoted 2006 for touring and promoting the latest albums, so next year we’ll start putting things together and we’ll see what we end up with. We don’t plan ahead and we’ve never done that, so I guess that’s why every album sounds so different.
When will we see BOOD RED THRONE and CARPATHIAN FOREST the U.S?
Well, we had an offer to support HYPOCRISY in the U.S. with CARPATHIAN FOREST. I don’t know if it’ll happen, but it’s something we’re looking into.
Tell a random story about Nattefrost’s antics…
Umm…well, while recording the DVD in Poland, we were in a TV studio which had a lot of dressing rooms and in each dressing room there was a cabinet with clothing with different costumes. I remember him looking into one of the closets and he found a petit/small Donald Duck outfit with a sailor hat, and yeah, he put that shit on and….Donald Duck doesn’t wear pants, so why should he? He was running around the studio in a Donald Duck dress with nothing on from the waist down. That was pretty funny…
Click Here to read the rest of the interview.
New interviews from DEMIRICOUS and LOOKWHATIDID are also available.
The first two dates have been released for KAMELOT‘s North American tour set to take place later this year with EPICA:
September 19 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 20 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
Roadrunner Records is proud to announce a major achievement in independent label digital sales – surpassing the million-download mark for a single artist on a single track. In addition to this achievement in digital media, the label garnered its first Grammy Award on the heels of its celebrated 25th anniversary year.
In the history of digital downloads, only 6 artists have passed the million-download mark, according to Neilsen Soundscan’s Release To Date Digital Tracks Chart. Major labels Interscope, Reprise, RCA, A&M and Geffen are represented in the Top 5. The 6th entry is the first Independent label artist to reach that milestone – Roadrunner Records’ NICKELBACK. NICKELBACK‘s track “Photograph” climbed to the top in 28 weeks, making it the 2nd fastest climb in digital history. The album “All the Right Reasons” has already been certified double-platinum as NICKELBACK‘s new single “Savin Me” is exploding on to radio stations throughout the country. “Photograph” has also sold over 200,000 mastertones since release.
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8th 2006 saw Roadrunner’s first Grammy winners, SLIPKNOT, take home the award for BEST METAL PERFORMANCE for their track “Before I Forget.” The band has received many nominations for their work over the years, but this well-deserved, much -anticipated win comes at the end of the touring cycle for their critically-acclaimed Platinum album, “VOL. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)”. The album, produced by Rick Rubin, was a triumphant return to form for the band. It asserted SLIPKNOT‘s dominance in rock circles, yielding 3 Top Ten Active Rock tracks and 1 Top Five Modern Rock track.
Epic recording artists EIGHTEEN VISIONS will be hitting the road with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and COHEED AND CAMBRIA for a hot ticket tour that begins April 28 at the ipayOne Center in San Diego, CA.
The tour will see the Orange County quintet (vocalist James Hart, guitarists Keith Barney and Ken Floyd, bassist Mick Morris and drummer Trevor Friedrich) previewing material from their highly anticipated self-titled album, which arrives in stores on June 27.
EIGHTEEN VISIONS is currently mixing the disc with producer Machine (LAMB OF GOD) and has posted a “making of the album” video on their site. The clip is the latest in a series of mini-documentary segments in which fans can hear snippets of new music and watch exclusive studio footage.
In a recent interview with MTV, Hart described the record thusly: “It’s heavy, but more song-oriented. With bands like AVENGED SEVENFOLD opening the door for heavier rock, it’s a great time for us to step up to the plate and try to hit a home run with this thing. There’s nothing like this out there right now.”
EIGHTEEN VISIONS is also confirmed to play this Summer’s Warped Tour beginning June 30 and running until August 13. It’ll be the band’s second straight Warped Tour appearance.
After forming in ’95, EIGHTEEN VISIONS rose up through Orange County’s fertile hard music scene with sound and style all their own. Though rooted in metal, the band refused to be limited by the genre’s narrow confines and went on to develop a diehard international following on the strength of three explosive albums (“Until The Ink Runs Out”, “Lifeless”, “Vanity”) and a frenetic live show.
Over the course of the past few years, the band has garnered airplay on both MTV2 and Fuse while touring with the likes of LAMB OF GOD, HIM, LOSTPROPHETS, NORMA JEAN and many others.
New Jersey’s EX DEMENTIA have posted another track off their An Excursion of Noise and Terror demo on their MySpace page.
Virtuoso guitarist JOE SATRIANI has lined up the following North American tour dates with ERIC JOHNSON:
April 1 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
April 2 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
April 3 – Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theatre
April 5 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 6 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 7 – Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theatre
April 9 – Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
April 10 – Buffalo, NY @ University At Buffalo
April 12 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
April 13 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
April 14 – Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Ctr.
April 15 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
April 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 18 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 19 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
April 20 – New York, NY @ Jammy Awards
April 22 – Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheatre
April 24 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
April 26 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
April 27 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre
April 28 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
April 29 – The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
HORSE THE BAND have lined up the following shows with GATSBY’S AMERICAN DREAM:
May 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
May 30 – De Kalb, IL @ The House Cafe
June 1 – Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
June 3 – Buffalo, NY @ Icon
June 4 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
June 7 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Crannell St. Cafe