New Jersey's maniacally intense, crushingly metallic chaos-core band the Number Twelve Looks Like You, fresh from a stint opening up for fellow Garden Staters the Dillinger Escape Plan, are poised to become one of short-haired metal's next big things. The Number Twelve are just the latest in a throng of hard-rock (My Chemical Romance) and metal (God Forbid) acts to spring forth from the tainted soil of America's armpit, though they're perhaps the most ferocious of the bunch.
But first they've got to get better organized. They also need a trailer to haul their equipment around.
"We have a show tomorrow, and we don't even know how we're getting there," singer Jase said. "I think we're just going to drive our cars. It makes it interesting. It's like a big action movie, a big reality show. Let's see what happens next."
How far did the boys have to drive to make it to that show? "Long Island ... um ... Setauket — I think it's a church. A big hall? I don't know," bassist Smoogs surmised. "We don't know where we're playing or what time. We wait usually until about two hours before the show, and then we look into it."
At least the Number Twelve are sure about the release of their Eyeball Records full-length debut, Nuclear.Sad.Nuclear, on June 21. The album will feature 12 tracks, including the songs "Devil's Dick Disaster," "Proud Parents Convention Held in the ER" and "An Exercise in Self-Portraiture: Go Shoot Yourself."
"We're very proud of it," Jase said. "I can't even explain how much blood, sweat and tears were put into this thing. On our first EP, we were all over the place. We didn't know what our sound was, but yet we played everything. This new one, everybody's saying it's a lot more consistent and that we found our sound."
"It's not going to be complete bedlam," Smoogs confided. "We definitely kept a lot of elements from our earlier stuff and put it in this, but we also added a lot of new elements, which I think gave it a more complete sound."
The Number Twelve are set to embark on a two-week East Coast trek after this weekend, and a nationwide tour with Ion Dissonance in late July that will keep them van-bound through August.
As long as they're able to get themselves a trailer, that is.
The rest of the week's metal news:
The initial 31 dates for Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine's Gigantour have been revealed. The festival trek, featuring Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan, Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X and others, will kick off July 21 in Fresno, California, and hit all of the nation's biggest cities before wrapping things up north of the border in Toronto on September 3. ... My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and Glassjaw's Daryl Palumbo have contributed vocals to Gutter Phenomenon, the forthcoming disc from Every Time I Die. In other collaboration news, Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta, host of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball," will appear on a track from the forthcoming third offering from Ill Niño, One Nation Underground, due in August. ...
Sweden's Opeth, who recently joined Roadrunner Records' dysfunctional family of artists, have named their forthcoming album Ghost Reveries. A late summer release is planned. ... The Agony Scene's new album The Darkest Red is in stores now. The band will spend the next month on the road with Himsa, the Esoteric and Scars of Tomorrow. The album features the tracks "Procession" and "Scars of Your Disease," as well as the first single, "Prey." ... Oakland, California's Watch Them Die have wrapped up the recording of their new one, Bastard Son; expect an early fall release. ... God Forbid's IV: Constitution of Treason, produced by Eric Rachel (Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan) and Jason Suecof (Trivium), is due September 20. ...
Calling all fans of New York hardcore dudes Madball: your presence is requested at Kenny's Castaways in Manhattan on Saturday, where the band will be shooting a video for "HeavensHell," from their forthcoming Ferret debut, Legacy, due August 2. ... Finnish cello-metal group Apocalyptica will play 15 U.S. shows starting September 12 in Washington, D.C., and running through September 27 in Los Angeles. The group's self-titled fifth album, released March 8, features a guest appearance by Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. Like its predecessor, 2003's Reflections, the classical-music disc is composed of all-original material, but the group is best known for playing covers of songs by Metallica. ...
New Jersey quintet Agents of Man will release their full-length debut, Count Your Blessings, on June 28. The band is composed of ex-members of hardcore bands Sworn Enemy, Cold as Life, Bulldoze, One 4 One and Train of Thought. ... Finland's (and Bam Margera's) favorite goth-metal group, H.I.M., are mixing a new album in New York and eyeing a September release. Dark Light, recorded in Los Angeles with producer Tim Palmer, is the follow-up to 2003's Love Metal, and will feature 10 tracks, including "Behind the Crimson Door," "Drunk on Shadows" and "Killing Loneliness." ... Doom-metal band Witchcraft will release their third disc, Firewood, on July 26. Tracks include "Chylde of Fire," "If Wishes Were Horses" and "Wooden Cross (I Can't Wake the Dead)." ...
Belgian grindcore band Aborted were dealt a minor setback when guitarist Bart Vergaert left the band because of personal and professional differences. While he has not yet been replaced, the group refused to abort its U.S. tour, which launches May 25 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and runs through June 4 in North Hollywood, California. Aborted will return to these shores in October to tour with Suffocation, Cryptopsy and Cephalic Carnage. Aborted's second album, The Archaic Abattoir, was released May 17. ... Melodic death-metal band Vehemence have hired ex-From a Second Story Window singer Sean Vandegrift to replace Nathan Gearhart, who left because of "family obligations." ... Germany's Disillusion have hired Ralf Willis to fill the band's long-vacant bass slot. Willis, who hails from Brooklyn, has moved to Leipzig, Germany, and is working on new material with the band.