California stoner/punks the Fucking Wrath have just finished up their debut for Goodfellow Records, to be titled Season Of Evil. The album will be released on Goodfellow this August, followed by some extensive road time.
Check out a live clip
While the members—Craig Kasamis: guitar/vox, Nick Minasian: bass, and John Crerar: drums—have each been playing in bands for more than ten years (including Missing 23rd and Ox vs. Thunderbird), the Fucking Wrath formed a year-and-a-half ago as a result of jamming for fun after work.
Since their initial gig in November of 2005, they have played nearly 70 shows to date, including the No Idea Fest IV in Florida. The band recently completed a five-and-a-half week U.S. tour with Glass and Ashes and is set to embark on another nation-wide tour with Ox vs. Thunderbird in the summer of 2007. Some of the notable bands that they have played with include Tragedy, Coliseum, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Das Oath, Adolescents, and Dr. Know among others.
For tour dates see myspace.com/thefuckingwrath.
Tech-metal crazies The Dillinger Escape Plan have entered the studio to begin work on their new, full-length album. The band has teamed with engineer Steve Evetts at Omen Room Studios in Los Angeles, CA to begin tracking songs. Dillinger will remain in LA through July to complete work on the record. The drum tracks were recorded at Sonikwire Studios by Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies, Puscifer). A Fall '07 release date is expected via Relapse Records.
Video teasers leading up to Dillinger's time in the studio, including snippets of their writing process, high-speed cross-country travels and a Soprano's-esque montage can be viewed here.
New York quartet Made Out of Babies has announced tour dates throughout the east coast and midwest in July. See complete tour dates below.
To stream the band's sophomore Neurot Recordings album, Coward, click
Made Out of Babies Live
07/10 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
07/11 Columbus, OH Ravari Room
07/12 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
07/13 Columbia, MO Mojo's
07/14 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music
07/15 Denton, TX Hailey's
07/16 Austin, TX Emo's
07/18 Mobile, AL Cell Block
07/19 Orlando, FL The Social
07/20 Tampa, FL Transitions Art Gallery
07/21 Savannah, GA The Jinx
07/24 Washington DC DC9
07/25 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
07/26 Boston, MA Baseball Tavern
07/27 Providence, RI AS220
07/28 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw
Cleveland thrashers Skeletonwitch have finished recording their Prosthetic Records debut, Beyond the Permafrost, and are now gearing up to hit the road with Atlanta's Withered. Skeletonwitch have also announced two regional dates supporting Gwar as well as a West Coast tour this fall alongside Nachtmystium, dates will be available shortly.
Beyond The Permafrost was recorded in June with producer Corey Smoot (GWAR, Municipal Waste) at Karma Studios and is scheduled for a Sept. 18 through Prosthetic Records.
Skeletonwitch tour dates are as follows:
7/12 Louisville, KY – The Pour Haus
(Decibel presents Withered and Skeletonwitch)
7/13 Nashville, TN – The Exit In
7/14 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
7/15 Fayetteville, AR – The Dart Room
7/16 St. Louis, MO – Cruisin 66
7/17 DeKalb, IL– Otto's
7/18 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
7/19 Indianapolis, IN – Secret Location
7/20 Columbus, OH – Ravari Room
7/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
7/22 Philadelphia, PA – The Khyber
7/23 Boston, MA – Baseball Tavern
7/24 New York, NY – The Knitting Factory
7/25 Richmond, VA – Alley Katz
7/26 Wilmington, NC – Soapbox Laundro-Lounge
7/27 Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
7/28 Savannah, GA – The Jinx
(with Gwar, Battlemaster)
8/14 Baltimore, MD – Recher Theatre
8/15 Richmond, VA – Toad's Place
Ministry's final studio album, The Last Sucker, will be released on September 18 (13th Planet/Megaforce) followed by a world tour in 2008. "I've got a lot of side-projects and new projects I want to focus on," explained Jourgensen. "We have our
our own label, 13th Planet Records, we're building, and I want to sign, produce and collaborate with other artists. Being in the studio writing, recording and collaborating is my favorite part of this snake-oil industry. I'd rather be behind the console than behind the mic. Plus, I kinda like the synchronicity of Dubya and Ministry riding off into the sunset hand in hand."
In addition to being Ministry's final studio album, the 11-track The Last Sucker is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical CD trilogy aimed at exposing the plethora of foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the George W. Bush Administration. The Last Sucker, which follows Houses of the Mole (2004) and Rio Grande Blood (2006), is the final nail in the Dubya coffin. To represent the Prez accurately, Jourgensen interspersed snippets of Dubya sound bites and samples throughout The Last Sucker. "My engineer and I were hunched over a computer for nights on end listening to this fucking idiot until our minds were numb. I mean, I'm absolutely stupider for listening to his drivel for such concentrated periods of time, but I viewed including these sound bites as a necessary evil."
The Last Sucker was produced and recorded this past Spring by Jourgensen at his 13th Planet compound just outside of El Paso, TX, and sees the return of Rio Grande Blood musicians Thomas Victor (Prong) on guitars, Paul Raven (Killing Joke/Prong) on bass, with newcomer guitarist Sin Quirin from The Revolting Cocks 2006 touring line-up. Jourgensen and his engineer John "Bixby" Bilberry handled all the drum programming. In addition, Burton C. Bell from Fear Factory makes a vocal appearance on "Die In A Crash," as well as the album's final two songs, "End of Days" parts One and Two.
The track listing for The Last Sucker is as follows:
Life Is Good
The Dick Song
The Last Sucker
Death and Destruction
Die In A Crash
End of Days Part One
End of Days Part Two
In This Moment's new video for the track, "Beautiful Tragedy," can now be streamed online exclusively through the following url. Shot by renowned director Robert Hall (Josh Todd), this is the group's second video clip off their highly acclaimed debut album, Beautiful Tragedy. Click
here to check it out.
The "Beautiful Tragedy" single is starting to create a buzz at Active Rock radio garnering heavy play at such tastemaker stations as WKQX (Chicago), KSAN (San Francisco), KTBZ (Houston), WRIF (Detroit), KUPD (Phoenix) and KXTE (Las Vegas). The track has also just been posted on the band's official MySpace page.
Chris Howorth (guitars) states: "We are very excited about the upcoming release of our video for 'Beautiful Tragedy.' We shot it on location in the mountains of Santa Clarita after a recent forest fire so the whole set is very dark and creepy with burnt out trees, scorched earth and lots of smoke and ash. While the last video for 'Prayers' relied primarily on live performance footage, this clip combines that with some dark, fairy tale type storyline, which is pretty cool.
"The video was directed by Robert Hall, who is well-known for his special effects work. Rob had a vision for this song and, with Maria's help, they came up with a very cool treatment that combined with the incredible location to really make this a cool video. Rob did an amazing job of coordinating the crew and making the whole thing happen. We can't wait to see it air on MTV and we hope you all enjoy it."
In This Moment will spend the entire summer on Ozzfest, which kicks off on July 12th; see below for their complete itinerary, which also sees them performing all off-dates alongside Static-X.
IN THIS MOMENT
KFNK Free Show
07/11 Hell's Kitchen - Tacoma, WA
Ozzfest - Second Stage
07/12 White River Amphitheatre - Seattle, WA
07/13 Main 1 Arts Center - Medford, OR (OFFDATE: supporting Static X)
07/14 The Gorge - George, WA
07/17 Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Sacramento, CA
07/18 Fat Cats - Modesto, CA (OFFDATE: headlining w/Ankla)
07/19 Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
07/20 The Whisky - Los Angeles, CA (OFFDATE: headlining w/Ankla)
07/21 Hyundai Pavilion - San Bernardino, CA
07/22 The Dome - Bakersfield, CA (OFFDATE: supporting Static X)
07/24 Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
07/25 Gator's - Farmington, NM (OFFDATE: headlining w/Ankla)
07/26 Journal Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
07/27 Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO (OFFDATE: supporting Static X)
07/28 Coors Amphitheatre - Denver, CO
07/30 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Kansas City, MO
08/01 Scout Bar - Houston, TX (OFFDATE: supporting Static X)
08/02 Smirnoff Music Center - Dallas, TX
08/03 Lonestar Amphitheater - Lubbock, TX (OZZFEST w/o OZZY)
08/04 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - San Antonio, TX
08/05 WJJO Band Camp - Madison, WI (OFFDATE: w/Stone Sour, Sevendust, Kittie, etc.)
08/06 Verizon Wireless Amptheater - St. Louis, MO
08/08 Germain Amphitheatre - Columbus, OH
08/09 Club Fever - South Bend, IN (OFFDATE: supporting Static X)
08/10 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
08/11 Woodshock Festival - Bellfontaine, OH (OFFDATE: headlining w/Ankla)
08/12 Alpine Valley Music Theatre - East Troy, WI
08/14 Verizon Wirless Music Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
08/15 The Cellar - Struthers, OH (OFFDATE: supporting Static X)
08/16 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
08/17 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT (OFFDATE: supporting Static X)
08/18 New England Dodge Music Theatre - Hartford, CT
08/20 Tweeter Center - Boston, MA
08/22 Tweeter Center - Philadelphia, PA
08/23 Sonar - Baltimore, MD (OFFDATE: supporting Static X)
08/24 Post Gazette Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
08/26 DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
08/28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, NC
08/29 Freebird Live - Jacksonville, FL (OFFDATE: supporting Static X)
08/30 Sound Advice Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
Candlelight Records together with I-Tunes will premiere the first song from Obituary's upcoming new album Xecutioner's Return via an advance single. "Evil Ways" will be available for purchase starting July 31 and for fans will be the first and only advance listen of the album set to hit North American stores on August 28.
Tampa-based Obituary featuring vocalist John Tardy, guitarist Trevor Peres, bassist Frank Watkins, drummer Donald Tardy and new guitarist Ralph Santolla are one of the genre's most respected and successful bands. Formed in 1985, the quartet have released six critically-acclaimed albums that have to date sold nearly one million copies in the United States.
Regarding the band's new cooperation with Candlelight Records Frank Watkins says, "we are very excited to be part of Candlelight Records. This will mark a new chapter in death metal history." John Tardy says, ""we are really looking forward to having a record company that wants to work with us. We feel rejuvenated and this new album is gonna be sick!" Donald Tardy adds, ""we couldn't be more pumped about teaming up with Candlelight. It is an unbelievable feeling to know that a record company cares about our music as much as we do."
Album art for Xecutioner's Return was created by artist Andreas Marshall. Marshall has worked with the band for The End Complete and their most recent record Frozen in Time. The album was produced by the band with mastering completed at Morrisound Studios in Tampa on June 16.
There is Nothing New
Under the Sun
Metalcore/hardcore heavies Coalesce will re-release There is Nothing New Under the Sun with eight additional jams, including those from Coalesce's split EP w/ Boy Sets Fire, the band's first attempt at Black Sabbath's "Supernaut," an Undertow cover and a Get Up Kids cover. There is Nothing New Under the Sun will be released on August 7th on Hydra Head Records.
There is Nothing New Under the Sun tracklist:
1. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
2. Heartbreaker (Led Zeppelin)
3. Black Dog (Led Zeppelin)
4. Out on the Tiles (Led Zeppelin)
5. Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
6. That's the Way (Led Zeppelin)
7. Thank You (Led Zeppelin)
8. I'm Giving Up On This One (The Get Up Kids)
9. Vehicle (Boy Sets Fire)
10. In The Wilderness (Boy Sets Fire)
11. Bob Junior (Coalesce original)
12. Supernaut (Black Sabbath)
13. Casting Away
14. That's The Way Redux (Led Zeppelin)
15. Thank You Redux (Led Zeppelin)
Salt and Passage, out September 11th, 2007 on Second Nature, is Coalesce's first release of new material since 1999's Revolution in Just Listening, was recorded by Ed Rose of the Get Up Kids, and features the now-legendary lineup of Sean Ingram (vocals), Jes Steineger (guitar), The Casket Lottery's Nathan Ellis (bass) and Nathan "Jr" Richardson (drums).
Salt and Passage
This vinyl-only release will be pressed on deluxe screen printed gatefold packaging and limited colored vinyl and audiophile 70 gram vinyl.
Salt and Passage Tracklist:
1. Son of Son of Man
2. I Am This
Tour dates with Daughters are as follows:
Aug. 15 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Aug. 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Aug. 17 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
Aug. 18 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Aug. 19 - Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
Aug. 20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose
Aug. 21 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Aug. 22 - Chicago, IL @ TBA
Aug. 23 - Iowa City, IA @ Picador
Aug. 24 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
Aug. 25 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
On May 14, 2007, MetalKult cornered Nachtmystium founding singer/guitarist Blake Judd and bassist Zion Meagher in a roach-infested basement corridor under BB King's in New York City, where the Chicago black metal crew was preparing to hit the stage during its string of dates in support of Watain.
In the clips below, the pair discuss lineup changes, the key elements of Nachtmystium's dark psychadelic sound and combating unoriginal black metal music.
Bay Area thrashers Light This City are currently on the road, headlining the Thrash and Burn Tour, alongside labelmates The Funeral Pyre. The band has offered this update from the road:
"The Thrash and Burn Tour 07 is going amazing! The first week was definitely awesome, and beyond our expectations. The first five shows were with Cerberus and Antagonist, who killed it each night. Highlights include Redwood City, Fresno, and The Chain Reaction! Thanks to everyone who have come out to the shows so far. Besides the horrible, horrible heat in the desert, we couldn't be having a better time. We are now with The Funeral Pyre and Antagonist for the rest of the tour. This tour has been so awesome because everyone on the tour are pretty much best friends. We have known these bands for a long time and toured with them before, so we are one big heavy metal family. We have three new awesome merch designs on this tour, so if you are planning on coming to any of the shows, prepare to see some awesome new shirts and hoodies. This is our first tour headlining, so we sincerely appreciate everyone who has come out to the shows thus far. See you on the rest of the dates!"
The band continues to support its latest effort, Facing The Thousand, which saw a fall 2006 release through Prosthetic Records. The band recently shot a video for the track "The Unwelcome Savior" with director Soren (Unearth), which can be seen here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=1H4SVRApGhM.