Metal File: Drowningman, Judas Priest, Disturbed, Manegarm & More In This Week’s Hard News

Mathcore masters hope they don't make the same mistakes their frontman made with MySpace.

Simon Brody’s a self-proclaimed MySpace devotee. The frontman for Vermont mathcore masters Drowningman’s not ashamed of that — but he has made his fair share of MySpace-related mistakes. Brody’s learned from these mishaps, he said, and turned those lemons into lemonade in the form of “Major Disappointment Reporting for Duty,” a track from his band’s forthcoming LP Don’t Push Us When We’re Hot.

“Anyone who’s ever met a potential romantic interest over the Internet will understand what that song title means,” Brody said. “Someone’s either been Major Disappointment or has met Major Disappointment. If they’ve ever delved into the world of MySpace and met any of those freaky people, they’ll relate.”

Not that the song itself is about the perils of online encounters — just the title really. Yes Brody’s tempted fate by meeting several of his Internet pursuers in the flesh. But it’s a practice he’s given up for good.

“I’ve basically come to the conclusion that when any girl who seeks me out on the Internet, there’s going to be problems,” he elaborated. “I have met some girls on the Internet in person, and they’ve all been mentally unstable.” One woman bought him a plane ticket and he went to visit her in Minneapolis. Another girl, this one from Virginia, drove 16 hours to visit him in Vermont. Brody’s convinced it’s because the photo that appears on his MySpace page shows him bareback.

But enough about Internet love unrealized. Brody’s band has an album set to hit stores October 11, and like past Drowningman releases, it features some very unusual song titles (“Luck, Love, Life Time Guarantees and Other Things A–holes Believe In,” “John Cougar Mellencamp Is the White Devil”). Some of them are even as unruly as the tunes themselves.

“There’s always an effort made to write the most elaborate, f—ed-up song titles possible,” Brody said. “This was the first time anyone else in the band tried to make suggestions for song titles but [bassist Jamie Durivage] had one that was like ‘Don’t Count Your Squirrels Until You Boil Them in the Good Syrup.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know if that’s going to work.’ ”

Last weekend, Drowningman shot a video for the album’s first single, “White People Are Stupid.” That clip, too, matches the chaos of the band’s sound.

“We’re playing on a rotating stage, and there are these fire-breathers, people walking on tightropes, magicians doing weird sh–, and interspersed through that, there’s going to be like ’40s-style, black-and-white movie serial stuff, like ‘Crimson Ghost’ and ‘Flash Gordon,’ ” he said. “[Director] Joseph Pattisall was trying to capture the feel of the music.”

Drowningman had originally wanted to use the “Mellencamp” track, but instead, opted to avoid a lawsuit. “Although I think the Coug would’ve been down,” Brody said. “He knows what he is.”

The rest of the week’s metal news:

Judas Priest have rolled out 23 dates for the second leg of their North American tour, which will feature Anthrax in a support role. Those dates start with a September 23 show in Pleasant, Michigan, and run through October 28 in Kelseyville, California. … Disturbed have revealed dates for this fall’s incarnation of the Jägermeister Music Tour; Corrosion of Conformity have been tapped to open. The 32-date run kicks off November 4 in Minneapolis and is set to promote booze in cities like Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., before calling it a day on December 22 in Baltimore. … Prolific punk-metal act Converge have lined up several dates for their upcoming tour with the Red Chord, Darkest Hour and, appearing on select dates, Ringworm and Municipal Waste. The run commences November 4 in Latham, New York, and runs through November 20 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Additional dates are expected to be revealed shortly. … Manic Music and Distribution is planning a Philadelphia benefit concert at the Trocadero Theatre and other relief efforts for members of New Orleans bands Crowbar, Eyehategod, Soilent Green and Goatwhore, all of whom suffered considerable losses in Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The date for the concert will be announced shortly. Bands interested in performing should call Paula Hogan at (610) 828-8339. Anyone who can donate gear to help replace destroyed music equipment is also encouraged to call. … Fresh off this summer’s Ozzfest, and still adamantly denying their involvement in the notorious Iron Maiden egging incident, Massachusetts hardcore kings Bury Your Dead will head back out on the road this fall, with Terror, Scars of Tomorrow and August Burns Red tagging along for the chaos. The trek begins October 20 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and hits Atlanta, Nashville, West Hollywood and even West Dundee, Illinois, before closing on November 19 in Portland, Maine. …

The latest butt-kicking stoner-metal band comes not from an experienced headbanger, but from a guy more embedded in the experimental- and indie-rock worlds. Heavy Vegetable and Pinback‘s Rob Crow has assembled the dense, sludgy Goblin Co–, whose debut, Bagged and Boarded, comes out October 25. While the band’s look and aesthetic is tongue-in-cheek to say the least — track titles include “Kegrah the Dragon Killer” and “The Revenge of Snufalufagus” — its music is heavier than a river of molten steel. … Revamped Swedish death metallers Dissection are close to finishing their forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled third LP, which they’ve been working on since February at Stockholm’s Black Syndicate Studios with band frontman Jon Nödtveidt’s brother Emil. A posting on Dissection’s Web site characterized the material as “a work of sonic black magic.” … Italian metal act White Skull is eyeing an early 2006 release for their next disc. They’ve been holed up in Remaster Studio in Vicenza working on the effort, which is said to be a concept album centering on Celtic lore and culture. … Swedish black-metal band Månegarm will release their fourth album, Vredens, September 27. The disc was produced at Studio Underground and includes “Vid Hargen,” “Sigrblot” and “Skymningsresa.” Your guess is as good as ours, but you bet it’s pretty evil. … Dutch death-metal band Infinite Hate will release their second record, Heaven Termination, September 27. The album features session drum work by Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Aborted). Sinisterly named tracks include “Citadel of Carnage,” “Demoniacal Sepulture” and “Horned Priest.” …

The album VH1 Classic Metal Mania Stripped Volume 2: The Anthems will surface October 18. The disc features newly recorded acoustic tracks performed by Kip Winger (“Madelaine”) Great White (“Rock Me”), Ratt‘s Stephen Pearcy (“Round and Round”), Night Ranger (“Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”) and more. The VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped Across America tour, an acoustic show featuring Pearcy, Don Dokken, Firehouse and Warrant singer Jani Lane, will launch October 18 in conjunction with the release. Dates will be announced soon. … Although Maryland noisemasters Dying Fetus still haven’t found a drummer to replace Erik Sayenga, who left in April, they’ve already written six new songs for their next album, which they plan to start recording by this winter. New song titles include “Parasites of Catastrophe,” “Raping the System” and “Unadulterated Hatred.” Drummers who wish to apply for the gig should check out the band’s Web site for a list of requirements — one being a spotless criminal record. … Finnish blackened death-metal band Incriminated will release Promise of Worse to Come September 27. Tracks include “Born to Rule,” “Melting the Core” and “Morbid Utopia.” … Oakland, California, sonic destroyers Watch Them Die‘s Bastard Son hit stores this week. The band will shoot a video for the title track September 14 with director Kevin Leonard (Diecast, Walls of Jericho). The dudes will tour this fall in support of Exodus and 3 Inches of Blood — a trek that starts October 4 in Tempe, Arizona, and runs through November 5 in Santa Clara, California.