Metal File: Hard And Heavy News On System Of A Down, Blood Brothers, Dillinger Escape Plan, Death Angel, Dio & More

 

Hey everybody, what’s up? Iann here, in Cali working on the Metallica “mtvICON” show; should be a good time. I’m hoping everybody is getting stoked for the return of “Headbangers Ball” next week. I’m looking for it to become a new home for videos in the true underground metal scene. I saw Hate Eternal and High on Fire videos the other day, so it looks like people are listening. Not much else going on, really. I heard the new Type O Negative record; it’s really cool, heavier than the last record, and definitely a crowd pleaser. I also heard that Daron from System of a Down got his own label, which is cool. Expect some really interesting stuff to come out of that. Try and check the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival if you can get out there or you live in that area. It’s coming up on May 16 and 17, and I haven’t seen one lame band listed, which is so rare at shows these days. Well, dig on Metal File this week and I’ll catch you guys next time around:

On the back of successful jaunts supporting AFI, the Used and Glassjaw, Seattle noisecore merchants the Blood Brothers are set to begin a headlining tour of their own in support of their critically acclaimed Ross Robinson-produced (Slipknot, Amen) Burn Piano Island, Burn. The 17-date trek kicks off May 1 week in Minneapolis. … Ramones drummer Marky Ramone, Misfits bassist Jerry Only and Black Flag guitarist Dez Cadema will perform a set of Ramones songs on May 16 at New York’s Webster Hall in celebration of the late Joey Ramone‘s birthday. Ramone died of lymphatic cancer on April 15, 2001. Rocket From the Crypt will open the show. All proceeds will be donated to the Lymphoma Foundation. …

Cold‘s Los Angeles fans who pre-order their new album, Year of the Spider, at any Lincs record store May 3 at 10 a.m. will receive a ticket to the band’s May 14 record release party at the Roxy in Hollywood. The band’s current “Stupid Girl” was co-written with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. … The lineup for this year’s Hellfest in Syracuse, New York, is set to include In Flames, Dillinger Escape Plan, Biohazard, Chimaira, Soilwork, A Static Lullaby, Bleeding Through, Eighteen Visions, From Autumn to Ashes, Kittie, Lamb of God, the Hope Conspiracy, Norma Jean, Himsa and a performance by the reformed Walls of Jericho, among several other international hardcore acts. The annual event, the 2000 version of which was documented on VHS/ DVD by Trustkill Records, will take place Fourth of July weekend. …

Speaking of Walls of Jericho, the female-fronted Michigan Metalcore act appear to be fully back in action. The group had disbanded in 2001, two years after dropping its full-length debut, The Bound Feed the Gagged.Danzig is releasing his first video in 10 years with the DVD Archive de la Morte. It’ll be out May 6. … Clutch are releasing a live CD called Live at the Googleplex on Megaforce Records June 17. … Superjoint Ritual, the band featuring Phil Anselmo of Pantera, have shortened the name of their record from Striking Fear Into the Enemy: A Lesson in American Hatred to just A Lesson in American Hatred. The record hits stores July 1. …

Zyklon — the band that features Samoth and Trym formerly of Emperor — have released the track listing for their sophomore album, Aeon, due in September. … Aggressive metal band Haste have just completed recording their third album, The Mercury Lift, which comes out July 1. The band will join This Day Forward, Bear vs. Shark and Anatomy of a Ghost on the Radio Takeover tour, which starts May 30 and runs through June 15. … Eighties crossover metalcore band D.R.I., currently celebrating their 20th anniversary, have just re-released 1985′s Dealing With It with12 bonus tracks. The band is on tour through May 20 in Baltimore. …

Scott “Wino” Weinrich, the former frontman of seminal bands St. Vitus, the Obsessed and Spirit Caravan, has formed a new group, the Hidden Hand. The band’s debut full-length, Divine Propaganda, will come out in July. … Angry Amputees will release their debut album, Slutbomb, on July 22. The disc was produced in Seattle by Jack Endino, who helmed Nirvana‘s first album, Bleach. Tour dates are forthcoming. … Bay Area thrash band Death Angel have reunited and are recording an album due by early next year. …

Rob Zombie is in the studio, but he’s not making music. He’s producing the debut comedy album by Chris Hardwick, the Los Angeles comic who starred in Zombie’s film “House of 1000 Corpses.” The tentative title for the project is Blood Pudding.Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich has taken a leave of absence to tour with the recently reformed Whitesnake. Ratt‘s Warren DeMartini has been recruited as Dio’s new touring guitarist and will join the band on its North American tour with Iron Maiden and Motörhead, which launches July 25 in Holmdel, New Jersey. Scheduled dates run through August 30 in Marysville, California. …

Aggro-metal band Skinlab will release a B-sides album titled The Nerve Damage Sessions in late summer. The disc will include alternate versions of studio tracks, live songs recorded on the Revolting Room tour and a couple of new songs. … Murderdolls, which features Slipknot guitarist Joey Jordison and Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, have recorded a cover of Billy Idol‘s “White Wedding” for an upcoming U.K. single, which will also include the songs “I Love to Say F—” and “I Take Drugs.” … Medieval ’80s metal band Omen have reformed and completed a new album. Eternal Black Dawn will come out this fall. The band’s lineup is: guitarist Kenny Powell, singer Kevin Goocher, drummer Rick Murray and bassist Andy Haas. …

The Black Dahlia Murder are busy lining up a tour with the Red Chord and plan to hit the road in late June. The Black Dahlia Murder recently signed with Metal Blade, which plans to release the band’s new album, Unhallowed, on June 17. … Bay Area, California, hardcore band Time in Malta, who grew from a trio to a quartet following the release of last year’s A Second Engine, have posted three new demo tracks on their Web site. …

Washington, D.C.’s Darkest Hour have recorded a new album titled Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation, due May 20. The record was produced by the legendary Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Cradle of Filth) at his Gothenburg, Sweden, studio and features guests Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates), Peter Wichers (Soilwork), Anders Björler (the Haunted) and Marcus Sunesson (the Crown). … Theatre of Tragedy‘s lives have recently been filled with joy. Frontwoman Liv Kristine Espenaes got engaged to Atrocity singer Alexander Krull, and they’ll get married on July 3. Meanwhile, guitarist Frank Claussen married his girlfriend, Tone, in Reykjavik, Iceland, on April 14, and guitarist Vegard K. Thorsen married his girlfriend, Anna, on February 21. In between nuptial celebrations, the band will work on its new record, due early next year. …

— compiled by Iann Robinson, Ryan J. Downey, Jon Wiederhorn and Robert Mancini