Skin Chamber was a short-lived industrial metal project, led by two members of the legendary experimental group Controlled Bleeding – Paul Lemos and Chris Moriarty. This oppressive music creation combined cold, raving electronics with brutal guitar riffs and sickening vocals. The duo released two full length albums – “Wound” and “Trial” – before ultimately disbanding in 1993. And today Metal Mind Productions presents an exclusive two-disc reissue which brings back a truly violent phenomenon in all its despicable glory…
The project emerged in 1991, after Controlled Bleeding had left their label WaxTrax!, which caused the group to put their artistic output on hold. The duo managed to interest Roadrunner Records in their work and this way, in 1991 they released their official debut album called “Wound”. This 13-track monstrosity delivered a powerful sonic attack, described by some as a soundtrack to a cybernetic nightmare. The band totally blurred the line between the synthetic and organic sounds, placing pounding late 80’s industrial (in the vein of Chemlab for instance) right next to slow, metallic brutality (think early Celtic Frost). It wasn’t an entirely new idea, as Godflesh paved this road long ago, but the combined talents of Moriarty and Lemos made up for an extremely intensive record. With such tracks as the upbeat “Skin Me” or the creepy, atmospheric “Slice of God” Skin Chamber managed to mark their name on the industrial map with capital letters. In 1993 the duo released their second album, entitled “Trial”. Lemos described it as a logical continuation of the band’s style: “It just kind of continues where Wound left off. It’s a lot more focused than “Wound” (…) I think the production is a lot more interesting, and within it are certain structured frameworks; there’s a lot of experimentation going on.” “Trail” was indeed a more diverse offering, presenting a very focused material filled with all the best qualities of brutally heavy industrial. The band’s love for sickening electronics was best heard in the track “Swallowing Scrap Metal (Part 5)” – a 25-minute string of uncontrolled noise, depicting all known forms of destruction. Or, as the reviewers often called it, an “electronic Armageddon”. Paul Lemos was very thrilled with his project’s output: “I think Skin Chamber is something that’s new, it has no history behind it, there’s no big catalogue of obscure releases. And so it’s kind of in a way a fresh start in a whole new orientation for us.” But in 1993 both Lemos and Moriarty decided that Controlled Bleeding should be their main focus and the spontaneously created side-project was soon shut down.
To fans of industrial all over the world, Skin Chamber was something much more than a mere project. Many scene activists point to both “Wound” and “Trial” as some the genre’s most overlooked and admired releases. With this exclusive double re-issue we give you a genuine industrial phenomenon, proving that metal and electronics can form a truly ferocious mixture.
“Wound” and “Tail” will be available in a double digipak edition limited to 2000 copies. “Wound” includes a bonus track. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process, released on a golden disc. The release date is scheduled for 2nd August in Europe and 5th October in USA (via MVD).
The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, have decided to join the BP-boycott by not using any BP or BP-affiliated products and facilities on their upcoming 2010 North American headlining tour.
“We’re outraged about BP’s obvious profit-over-safety policy leading to this terrible disaster and their extremely poor handling of the oil spill,” commented the band.”In joining the boycott and calling all our fans to do the same, we can collectively make a statement strong enough to bring this shameless, careless corporation to its knees, and to avoid such catastrophes in the future.”
Catch SOILWORK on theirNorth American headlining tour this Summer with San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL! Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE.
SOILWORK and DEATH ANGEL have now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet SOILWORK and DEATH ANGEL for a special event that is being offered. Fans will also receive a customized poster to get signed by both bands. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com .
BURIAL INVOCATION: Rituals of the Grotesque - EP '10
Turkish old school deathsters and Dark Descent recording artists BURIAL INVOCATION have been invited to play Denmark’s Kill-Town Death Fest, one of the few non-Scandinavian acts participating. The three-day festival is scheduled for September 16-18, 2010 in Hovedstaden, Denmark. The lineup will also include Dark Descent bands STENCH OF DECAY and MIASMAL, both of whom will be releasing albums on the label in 2011.
BURIAL INVOCATION released the Rituals of the Grotesque EP on Dark Descent Records earlier this year and will unleash their highly anticipated full-length on the label in 2011.
About: Burial Invocation was formed in 2008 with the oath to summon the spirits of ancient death metal. Morbid and sublimely dark, Burial Invocation’s EP Rituals of the Grotesque is released on CD through Dark Descent Records in February 2010 and on tape through Skeleton Plague Records in March 2010. Following is a LP release by Me Saco Un Ojo Records in later 2010, featuring 4 tracks, 18 minutes total in length of devastating dark death metal.
I am proud to announce that after 15 years, I have a new solo album in stores today! The album, called “Tattoos & Tequila,” features two original songs and some of my favorite covers from throughout the years. “Tattoos & Tequila” is essentially a window into my life — the songs that have made me who I am today — a musical autobiography, if you will.
Featuring songs by Aerosmith, Scorpions, Elton John, Sweet and even Elvis Presley, we recorded “Tattoos & Tequila” in Las Vegas with Dana Strum on bass, Jeff Blando on guitar and Zoltan Chaney on drums.
Be sure to visit the all-new website, WWW.VINCENEIL.NET. There you can join the fan club, get the latest news, interact with other fans, and find tour dates and other info. Check it out.
I hope you like “Tattoos & Tequila” as much as I do.
Go to www.vinceneil.net to pick up Tattoos & Tequila. There’s a regular edition, with a physical CD and digital download of the album, as well as a deluxe edition, which includes a signed CD in the first 100 copies – An exclusive Tattoos and Tequila T-shirt and Flask plus a preorder of Vince’s forthcoming memoir, all housed in a commemorative box.
Great news from Austria´s elite thrash legion DEMOLITION. After nearly two years of silence, Viennas pride returns with a glamorous bang ! DEMOLITION have been confirmed as support act for MEGADETH´s show in Austria on July 2010. After two years, this marks the return of DEMOLITION to the stage.
DEMOLITION welcomes Tom amongst their ranks filling in the vacant drummer´s seat. Tom, who has cooperated with a lot of Austrian bands in the past, is already rehearsing with the band and everybody is looking forward to his first exhibition when DEMOLITION will be supporting MEGADETH on July 1, 2010 at the Gasometer in Vienna, Austria.
Austria´s NIGHT OF ROCK 2010 festival, the promoter approached DEMOLITION to fill in the vacant headliners spot for the first day of the festival on Friday, July30, 2010. So people in Austria will have the possibility to see DEMOLITION twice in a month, of course the headlining show on NIGHT OF ROCK 2010 will be more extended than their support show for MEGADETH. DEMOLITION are well prepared and looking forward to the festival after recruiting a new drummer.
More shows are in line for this autumn for DEMOLITION, watch out for more news to come soon !!!
New Jersey folk metal horde WINDFAERER — M. Gonçalves [Vocals, Guitars, Bass], JP Andrade [Percussion] and Valèek [Violin] — recently posted two new tracks to their official MySpace page.
“These Walls (Frozen In Time)” and “This Beautiful Death” (which features bagpipe work by Sevan Kirder, formerly of Eluveitie) come off the trio’s debut full-length, Tribus. Check out the tracks here: http://www.myspace.com/windfaerer. Tribus was recorded and mixed at Frightbox Recording (Clifton, NJ) by Bobby Torres and follows the band’s two-song demo Glorybound, released last year to mass underground accolades.
Said main songwriter Goncalves of the new tunes: “Tribus is in essence a collection of everyday themes set in a time of Iberian legend. The songs touch upon rebellion against Romans in ancient Hispania and Lusitania, expansion to new lands, as well as voyaging into the unknown. I’m excited about the way everything sounds and how it all came together. I’ve had this vision for a while and it’s almost euphoric to be able to finally realize it!”
SUICIDE SILENCE will soon strike fear into the hearts of today’s impressionable youth as they take part in this summer’s highly anticipated Warped Tour. They are excited to be one of the tour’s most extreme acts and to have the opportunity to annihilate thousands of new faces each day. They will join a very diverse, impressive list of artists ranging from Andrew W.K. and Sum 41 to Every Time I Die and The Dillinger Escape Plan, among many others. Be sure to either visit www.warpedtour.comor www.myspace.com/suicidesilence to view their complete touring itinerary.
The band also announced that the official SUICIDE SILENCE iPhone app with music, photos, video streams and more is now available for free at http://bit.ly/9BdrBj
US metal band KILLING MACHINE who made their European debut last week with two shows supporting AC/DC in France, have added a further festival to their busy summer European schedule with an appearance confirmed at the Foire Aux Vins Festival www.foire-colmar.comin Colmar, France on Saturday 14th August 2010.
Foire Aux Vins is a unique festival based around music and the wine which is produced in the locality. One of the countries premier events of it’s kind, Foire Aux Vins runs from 6-15 August and has an eclectic musical programme. The main highlights of this years rock and metal day on 14th August are Soulfly, Saxon, Europe and Alice Cooper.
KILLING MACHINE, who recently confirmed former Evergrey / Stratovarius bass guitarist Jari Kainulainen as a permanent member of the band, are stirring up a lot of interest in Europe having lined up a number of high profile show and festival appearances.
Abasi commented on “Wave of Babies;” “This is a track I did with Misha ‘Bulb’ Mansoor shortly after the Animals as Leaders album was finished. Apparently the musical ideas weren’t exhausted during the album sessions and we still had some collaborative momentum left in us. It’s very possible that we’ll be adding this song to our live set during the Summer Slaughter tour in July so make sure to come out early to catch us!”
Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the official launch of its Rockband Network for all Rockband X-Box 360 network users. Music from legendary San Francisco Bay Area thrash bands TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL and EXODUS, Virginia based melodic tech-deathsters ARSIS, and polyrhythmic metal titans MESHUGGAH, can now be purchased for game play.
This marks the first round of Nuclear Blast artist songs available for the Rock Band Network. Metal fans are encouraged to submit artist & song requests for Rock Band here.
Click on the following links to purchase the following songs:
Glenn Danzig today unleashes his first new Danzig studio album in six years, Deth Red Sabaoth, on Evilive/The End Records. The album is currently streaming on AOL Music’s Full CD Listening Party as well as on CBS Radio’s “The Street Date”, which also features an in-depth video interview with Glenn. You can purchase Deth Red Saboth physically on Amazon and digitally on Amazon MP3.
The 11-track collection, produced, recorded and penned by Danzig, is laced with Glenn’s lycanthropic growls and blues-infected wailing. Tracks including “Black Candy,” “The Revengeful,” and the first single, “On A Wicked Night,” emit a spectral glow to rival the highest points in Danzig’s colossal discography. Part 1 of the exquisite two-part “Pyre of Souls” opens with acoustic guitar, haunting piano, Glenn’s plainsong vocal, and an almost dirge-like feel; Part II explodes with electric guitars and a driving, mesmerizing cadence.
Joining Glenn in the studio for the recording of Deth Red Sabaoth were guitarist Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry), a Danzig cohort on and off since 1997, and drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void). While Kelly has toured with Glenn intermittently since 2002, this is the first time he has recorded with the band. Glenn handled the bass chores for most of the album, and played drums on “Black Candy.”
As is with all of Danzig’s releases, the CD cover artwork for Deth Red Sabaoth is provocative and ominous. The cover is an original piece created specifically for the CD by the award-winning artist Joe Chiodo whose work has graced not only Danzig’s Verotik publishing line, but the covers of numerous graphic novels and comic books, including “X-Men Unlimited.” Deth Red Sabaoth isn’t the first time one of Chiodo’s paintings has been part of a Danzig package – one of his erotic “good girl” pinups was part of 2007’s The Lost Tracks of Danzig.
Deth Red Sabaoth marks Danzig’s ninth studio venture that began back in 1988 with the Rick Rubin-produced, Platinum-certified, Danzig. A live version of his oedipal projectile “Mother,” was a major hit, and added to his iconic status that began a decade earlier when he founded the near-mythic punk band Misfits and then Samhain. Sales of ten-million albums later and having been dubbed “goth-punk’s godfather” by SPIN, Glenn Danzig is arguably the most versatile talent to emerge from hardcore’s first wave, and truly is a renaissance man – a graphic designer, photographer, comic book publisher and composer. His venture into composing and recording classical music yielded Black Aria, that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Classical charts, and Black Aria II, that had Glenn sharing the Billboard/Classical’s Top Ten with Itzhak Perlman and Andrea Bocelli. His indelible stamp is on artists like Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, and he has written songs that have been sung by a diverse array of artists, from Metallica to Johnny Cash.
Dead Country – Band PhotoOver his decades-long career, Glenn Danzig’s intense musical and lyrical statements have left a permanent mark on rock music, and continue to do so going into the 21st century. Glenn’s song “13,” originally written for Johnny Cash and then recorded for Glenn’s own Satan’s Child album, was the opening song in last year’s box office smash and Golden Globe winner, “The Hangover.”
Danzig – Glenn, guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Johnny Kelly and bassist Steve Zing – also a founding member of Samhain with Glenn – are currently on a special 9-city tour to support Deth Red Sabaoth; with all current dates listed below.
DANZIG on tour:
6/24 Record Exchange, Boise, ID, 6-7:30pm , in-store signing
Montreal extreme metal purists, ION DISSONANCE, recently completed the recording process for their much anticipated new effort, Cursed, which is set for an August 24th North American release. The offering was tracked at .357 Productions with ION DISSONANCE guitar player, Antoine Lussier at the production helm. Stay tuned to www.myspace.com/iondissonance for a sneak peek into a new track and touring schedule.
A new video trailer unveiling the captivating artwork from the acclaimed Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) can be seen below.
Florida based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have revealed the artwork from their upcoming 11th studio outing entitled Invidious Dominion.The cover art was brought to life this time around by renownedartist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
“Pär Olofsson was recommended to us by our label manager, Gerardo Martinez, and after checking out some of his work we knew he was our guy,” commented the band. “Our initial thought was to have a world in chaos and destruction, or an Invidious Dominion, which then led us to remember the Ten Commandments album cover, and how cool it would be to have the demon make a return appearance but from a frontal view! Pär‘s totally brutal interpretation couldn’t have exceeded our expectations any more! We are stoked with his work and can’t wait to see it on a bunch of cool merch and more than likely everyone in the bands skin!”
Invidious Dominion was produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida and will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast. Watch a video clip of the recording process:
Invidious Dominion Track Listing:
1) United Hate
2) Conflict Finalized
4) Compulsive Face Breaker
5) Lead Spitter
6) Target Rich Environment
8) Born Again Hard
10) Invidious Dominion
MALEVOLENT CREATION will be direct support to EXODUS on the “March of Brutality” tour this August/September.
Members of Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax joined Metallica on stage last night in Sofia, Bulgaria to perform the Diamond Head classic “Am I Evil?”. James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine and Joey Belladonna all took turns singing, with various other bandmembers playing guitar, bass, pounding on snare drums and smashing cymbals. Watch it below!
The iconic “Big Four” show, as part of the Sonisphere festival was beamed via sattellite to more than 450 movie theatres in more than 140 markets in the U.S., along with cities in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Due to popular demand, the 4-hour concert will return to theaters in the US this Thursday for an encore showing. In addition, the performances of the thrash contingent have been recorded for a forthcoming “Big Four” DVD.
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has issued the following update: “Just finished our set here in Sofia, Bulgaria. Was AWESOME!! I’ve never been to Bulgaria but the fans were thrilled and it seems everyone is having a fantastic set tonight. If you go see it in the cinema tonight I think you will enjoy. So, get a ticket, some popcorn and a soda and sit back and enjoy the rock concert…” For more on how to catch this in theaters in the US Thursday, June 24th, visit TheBigFourLive.com. For more updates from Dave Ellefson, check out his tour blogs at the MegaFanClub.