Bury Your Dead sure are sick of eggs.
During last year's Ozzfest, the Boston hardcore quintet was unwittingly dragged into a feud between Sharon Osbourne and Iron Maiden, a conflict that resulted in the metal legends getting egged onstage by members of the crowd. Before Osbourne revealed that she orchestrated the incident, she used Bury Your Dead as a scapegoat, saying they were responsible for the egg-tossing.
But now Bury Your Dead are trying to put the ordeal — and ensuing death threats from Maiden fans — behind them. "I'm trying to forget about it," drummer Mark Castillo said.
Well, what better way to do so than with a new tour and LP, to boot? Instead of Ozzfest, Bury Your Dead will be back on the road as part of this summer's revived Family Values Tour, starring Korn and the Deftones.
"It's perfect timing, because we're coming out with a new album, and we're going on the biggest tour we've ever been on," Castillo said about the band's upcoming stint on the festival's second stage. "We're very excited about it, and hopefully, we'll go over well."
On July 11, Bury Your Dead will issue their third studio disc, Beauty and the Breakdown, which was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Florida with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, God Forbid). While 2004's Cover Your Tracks featured song titles inspired by Tom Cruise's résumé ("The Color of Money," "Mission: Impossible 2," etc.), Beauty's songs ("Mirror, Mirror," "House of Straw") were borrowed from fairy-tale elements and the LP artwork is laid out like a storybook.
Which is strange, considering Beauty's hands-down the heaviest thing Bury Your Dead have ever created.
"This record is what we've wanted to do, what we wanted to write, but we never concentrated on it," Castillo said. "We just sat down this time and did it, and got it done. And that's what came out, and we're psyched about it. This, in my eyes, is the make-it-or-break-it album. If this one doesn't do well, there's not much chance of putting a fourth album out and having it beat this one. If this one doesn't make it, I'm pretty sure [being a band is] just not meant for us.
"I'm not going to say it's the heaviest thing you'll ever hear in your life, but it's up there," he continued. "I'm sure people who liked our last album or the album before that are going to be like, 'You know what? This sounds totally different, and I want nothing to do with it.' Along with the people who're leaving, there's going to be people coming in who'll go, 'While I didn't like the last album, this one's heavy as hell.' There's always a win-lose, you know? That's the way music goes."
The rest of the week's metal news:
Queensrÿche, masterminds of the 1988 epic Operation: Mindcrime, were accessories to a crime of sorts when their tour manager was arrested at an airport in Amsterdam for telling a ticket agent that the group had a gun in one of its suitcases. He was referring to the replica Glock .45 handgun the band uses onstage, but before he could clear up the matter, airport police descended and began questioning the band. Concerned that Queensrÿche might miss their flight, the tour manager told the authorities the fake gun was his, at which point he was taken into custody and the group was allowed to board the plane. After being detained and questioned further, the tour manager was fined and the fake gun confiscated. ... Lamb of God have scheduled a handful of Unholy Alliance off-dates, with Mastodon, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed tagging along for most of them: Thursday (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma); June 26 (New Orleans); July 1 (Rochester, New York); July 10 (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan); July 17 (Boise, Idaho); July 18 (Sparks, Nevada); and July 25 (Salt Lake City). ... Brazilian thrashers Sepultura have lost drummer and co-founder Igor Cavalera, who ditched the band due to "artistic differences." The rest of the group — guitarist Andreas Kisser, frontman Derrick Green and bassist Paulo Xisto Jr. — plan to carry on despite Cavalera's unexpected departure. ...
Machine Head plan to start recording new material in August, according to a post by drummer Dave McClain on the band's Web site. "A few more songs to go until the writing process is completed," he wrote. "The freedom and drive we have on this album is far exceeding what we were doing on [2003's Through the Ashes of Empires]. Being able to take our time without a deadline ... has been priceless. If I could describe the songs in one word it would have to be 'angry.' I guess when you're living in times like these, it's hard not to be pissed off, and the music and lyrics are definitely a product of the anger we're all feeling." ... The Chariot recently lost guitarist Keller Harbin and bassist Joshua Beiser, who both quit for personal reasons. "In the early stages of every band, members often change due to whatever reason," frontman Josh Scogin said in a statement. Guitarist Jon Terrey and bassist Dan Eaton, two longtime friends of the band, have replaced them. "Everyone is eye-to-eye on the love of music, and the band is very much excited about the change," Scogin continued. "Obviously, the music will remain the same, and every show is still booked and ready to go." The group's first show with the new lineup is June 17 in Wilmore, Kentucky. ...
The Dillinger Escape Plan's "Miss Machine: The DVD" will land in stores June 27 and boast behind-the-scenes footage, studio footage from the Miss Machine recording sessions and live performance clips. In related news, Dillinger's June 10 performance in Fredericksburg, Virginia, ended on a sour note after someone shanghaied James Love's primary, customized Ibanez guitar (Love has been filling in for the injured Brian Benoit). The suspect was nearly apprehended thanks to several members of Cattle Decapitation, who hurled a hammer through the fleeing thief's windshield. ... Kiss will release "Lick It Up: The Definitive DVD" on August 15. The disc will feature 18 songs, including "Heaven's on Fire," "I Love It Loud," "Crazy Crazy Nights" and "God Gave Rock & Roll to You." The album Lick It Up came out in 1983 and was the last to feature guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who had replaced Ace Frehley for 1982's Creatures of the Night. ...
Norwegian black-metallers Dimmu Borgir will hit the studio with Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, Arch Enemy) in October to start recording their forthcoming album, tentatively due in early 2007. Look for the disc to include a guest appearance by Mayhem's Hellhammer on drums. ... Influential New York death-metal band Suffocation have entered Full Force Studios in Long Island, New York, to record their sixth full-length album. Austin, Texas, tattooist Jon Zig will create art for the album, which is tentatively scheduled for release in September. ... While most bands are worried about how they're going to pay the bills next week, New Jersey power-metallers Overkill already know what they'll be doing in 2007, dude: Hitting the road January 19 in Lakewood, Colorado, for a string of U.S. dates. Thus far, just nine gigs have been booked through January 28 in New York, but an announcement on additional dates is expected in the coming weeks. ... Satyricon will reissue their 1999 album, Rebel Extravaganza, July 25. The record will be remixed and feature three bonus tracks: "Nemesis Divina (Clean Version Mix)" and "Blessed From Below (Melancholy Oppression Longing)," as well as a cover of Sarcofago's "I.N.R.I." ...
Portuguese goth-metal vets Moonspell will launch a North American tour with Swedish doom band Katatonia and Raleigh, North Carolina, gloomsters Daylight Dies on October 20 in Poughkeepsie, New York. Dates run through November 11 in San Antonio, Texas. Moonspell's seventh album, Memorial, came out April 25. ... Gwar will release a new DVD, "Blood Bath and Beyond!," on June 20. The disc features more than 90 minutes of rare and previously unreleased footage as well as mini-movies, lost demo recordings and bootleg video spanning the band's 20-year career. In addition, Gwar have recorded a cover of Alice Cooper's "School's Out," which is available for download at the band's Web site and will be the first single from the band's next album, Beyond Hell, which is due later this summer. ... Goat Horn have disbanded. Frontman Jason Decay said in a statement that "after years of working together, the obstacles in our path to our goals has brought everything to a standstill. It was not an easy decision to make." He equated the split to "sort of like breaking up with a really hot chick that's a psycho. Like, she's so hot and you [love her], but in the end, you hate the person she is or the person you have become."