Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On Voivod, Slipknot, Cradle Of Filth, Killswitch Engage, The Exploited & More


Hello my fellow metalheads. Iann Robinson here, and I hope all is well with

you. This week I'm pretty stoked for the opening of "28 Days Later," the

English zombie movie. That should rule. Is it just me or has it been too

long since the last really great zombie movie? I'm also gearing up to head

to Canada to check out the set of the "Day of the Dead" remake, but I'll

fill you in on that once I get back. This week I'll be checking out Ozzfest

to bring you guys a full report on who's tearing it up on that bill. The

second stage of Ozzfest seems really strong this year: Cradle of Filth,

Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and the mightiest of mighty, Voivod. I don't

see many other tours with that kind of strong lineup.

I'm still blasting the Himsa and Black Dahlia Murder CDs. I'm telling you,

outside of Lamb of God's new one, these are the two best heavy records this

year. Off the metal tip for a second, I found out that Canadian rock gods

Danko Jones have finished their new album, so hopefully we'll hear more

about that later on. Well guys and gals, enjoy Metal File this week:

The debut album by To My Surprise, a side project of Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot is scheduled to drop in September. The LP, which Clown said is a mix of '70s groove and psychedelia, was produced by Rick Rubin.... Lamb of God and E. Town

Concrete will support Anthrax on the first leg of their upcoming

North American tour, according to a recent post by Anthrax guitarist

Scott Ian on the band's Web site. The trek begins July 29. ... An

appeal filed by Jello Biafra against his former Dead Kennedys

bandmates in the ongoing lawsuit over ownership of the band's name has been

denied. A judge upheld a partnership that places ownership of Dead Kennedys

in the hands of all four members, with each sharing equally sharing

ownership and creative control. ...

Sevendust are done tracking their fourth album with producer Butch

Walker, who was in the power-pop band Marvelous 3 and has worked

on recent albums by Bowling for Soup and Injected. The band

plans to road test some of the songs in late July or early August. The

still-untitled disc is tentatively slated for release in late September.

Tracks include "Disgrace," "Seasons," "Skeleton Song," "enemy (Pez)" and

"Honesty." ... Kittens for Christian, the second band signed to

Serj Tankian's Serjical Strike label, will release Privilege of

Your Company on September 9. The album is heavy but reflects a range of

influences including the Birthday Party, Wire and the Cure. ... Doom metal

legends Cathedral will launch a U.S. tour on September 4 in

Farmingdale, New York. The tour rolls through the end of the month, wrapping

up in Philadelphia. ...

The Exploited will kick off their first U.S. tour in more than a

decade on September 10 in Colorado. The tour is in support of their album

F--- the System. ... My Dying Bride guitarists Andrew

Craighan and Hamish Glencross have joined forces to form the

record label Blackdoom Records. ... Integrity are currently finishing

up To Die For, their first album for Converge vocalist

Jacob Bannon's Deathwish label. The newly reunited Cleveland band's

lineup includes founding members Dwid (vocals) and Chubby

Fresh (drums). ... In related news, Converge will re-release two of

their albums, Petitioning the Empty Sky and When Forever Comes

Crashing, with digitally remastered sound, expanded liner notes and

bonus tracks later this year. The Bostonian noisecore merchants' "The Long

Road Home" DVD is in stores now. ...

Eighteen Visions, whose "You Broke Like Glass" video has become

something of a "Headbangers Ball" staple, are currently demoing new material

in their rehearsal space in Orange County, California. The band will join

Strung Out on the road later this year. ... Demon Hunter, a

Seattle metal band that consists of former members of Training for

Utopia and a revolving cast of musicians, have embarked on their first

tour in support of their self-titled debut. The trek runs through early July

and includes support from Norway's Extol and the Agony Scene.

... Extol will release their third disc, Synergy, on August 12. The

album title refers to the musical and spiritual unity between bandmembers.


Florida death metal heroes Morbid Angel have named their new album

H2K3. ... Grimfist, a new Scandinavian black metal band

featuring members of Immortal and Deride, will release their

debut, Ghouls of Grandeur, on September 13. The disc was produced by

Hypocrisy frontman Peter Tägtgren. ... The third album by

Birmingham, Alabama, metalcore band Haste, The Mercury Lift,

will be released July 2. The disc features guest appearances by Lamb of God

frontman Randy Blythe and Codeseven singer Jeff

Jenkins. ...

Italian melodic metal band Labyrinth get thrashy on their fourth

record, Labyrinth, which comes out Monday. ... Finnish death metal

band Kalmah will release Swampsong, the follow-up to last

year's They Will Return, on July 29. The disc was produced by Ahti

Kortelainen (Sentenced, Impaled Nazarene). ... Orange

County, California, metalcore group Avenged Sevenfold will release

their second disc, Waking the Fallen, on August 26. The album will

feature "Eternal Rest" and "Chapter Four" and was produced by

Mudrock, who has worked with Godsmack and Chimaira. ...

—compiled by Iann Robinson, Ryan J. Downey, Jon Wiederhorn, Robert Mancini and Joe D'Angelo