Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On Pantera, Sepultura, Napalm Death, Bleeding Through & More

 

Hey metalions, what’s up? Iann Robinson here. It’s been a busy-ass week for me. First up, I saw “Freddy vs. Jason” and let me tell you, you won’t be disappointed. There’s lots of blood, gore and everything else that makes those movies amazing, plus Freddy and Jason beat the hell out of each other.

I also got to bear witness to the greatness of the Iron Maiden, Dio and Motörhead show. All bands who think they’re metal should fly their routines up these guys’ flagpole and see how metal they are.

I guess the big news is that Immortal announced on their Web site that the band is done, no matter what their label, Nuclear Blast, says. I’m still waiting to talk to Abbath or Horgh. Hopefully I’ll get them on the line soon. Well, enjoy Metal File, and I’ll see you at the shows.

Pantera are packaging a DVD containing 12 of their videos with the upcoming The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits, which hits stores September 23. … Sepultura will embark on their first tour of South Africa in early September in support of the already internationally released Roorback. The album, the band’s third since replacing guitarist/vocalist and current Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera with Derrick Green, hits U.S. stores August 26. …

Ministry‘s Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker along with original Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra are resurrecting Lard and have enlisted the help of Anthrax‘s Scott Ian and Charlie Benante. … Anthrax have lined up 10 tour dates starting August 14 in Chicago Heights, Illinois, and running through August 29 in Philadelphia. The band’s latest record, We’ve Come for You All, came out in May. …

Orange County, California’s Bleeding Through have chosen This Is Love, This Is Murderous as the title for their next album, due in September on Trustkill. Though this is the band’s first LP for the label, vocalist Brandon Schieppati has worked with Trustkill before, during his former gig as guitarist for Eighteen Visions. … Eighteen Visions will enter the studio in October to begin working on a follow-up to last year’s Vanity, which spawned the “Headbangers Ball” staple “You Broke Like Glass.” The band has also prepped a cover of the Beatles classic “A Hard Day’s Night,” which they’ll unleash on tour with Strung Out. …

Zyklon, featuring former members of Emperor, will release their album Aeon on August 3. … In recent postings on their Web site, Underoath explained that a friend from the band Winter Solstice will fill in for ex-vocalist Dallas Taylor on the Christian metalcore band’s upcoming tour with Atreyu. After the tour, Underoath will search for a permanent replacement for Taylor, who was recently asked to leave. …

Ill Niño‘s second album, Confession, is due September 30. The band’s song “How Can I Live” is the lead single on the “Freddy vs. Jason” soundtrack. … Morbid Angel have posted the exclusive track “Heretic” on Earache.com. … Himsa have found a replacement for their departed bandmates. Drum duties are now being handled by Steve Fournier, and Matt Wicklund will be holding down the guitar needs for the band. …

Napalm Death will release their covers album Leaders Not Followers 2 through their own Feto label. Covers include: Cryptic Slaughter‘s “Lowlife,” Agnostic Front‘s “Blind Justice,” Sepultura’s “Troops of Doom,” Hellhammer‘s “Messiah,” Kreator‘s “Riot of Violence,” Discharge‘s “War’s No Fairytale” and Die Kreuzen‘s “I’m Tired.” Meanwhile on Earache, Napalm Death have released the two-disc greatest-hits album Noise for Noise Sake, which includes B-sides, rarities, live stuff and all their “hits.” …

Insane Clown Posse protégés Twiztid will hit the road with pornographer Matt Zane‘s Society One on August 13 in Las Vegas. Dates run through September 28 in Indianapolis. Bring rubber gloves. … Black-metal fans, time to salivate over your inverted crosses. Chicago’s Usurper will tour the U.S. with Norway’s legendary Enslaved starting at the Milwaukee Metalfest on July 26 and ending August 3 in Chicago. …

Skrape‘s second album, Up the Dose, is due September 23. The first single, “Summer Song,” will hit radio August 19. … Eighties thrash band Omen will release a 20th anniversary box set on September 8. The package will include remastered versions of their albums Battle Cry, Warning of Danger and Nightmares (all with bonus tracks) and a live DVD. …

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