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Demon Hunter To Enter The Studio In November, Re-Sign With Solid State

Demon Hunter will enter the studio in November to begin recording their next album for Solid State with Aaron Sprinkle at the helm. In addition, the band have re-signed with Solid State and have issued the following press release on the matter:

“SEATTLE, Wa – August 01, 2011—Next year marks the ten year anniversary of Demon Hunter.

Each of the band’s albums and other projects were released with Solid State Records. Both the band and label are proud to announce a deal that will see them continue to partner together.

Solid State has always been an important part of Demon Hunter,” said Demon Hunter singer, songwriter and co-founder Ryan Clark. “They helped market the band before we’d even started writing our first record and they continue to push the band further with each new album. From the very beginning, Solid State has allowed Demon Hunter to do things our own unique way and they’ve become a vital part of the band’s existence. Re-signing was a no-brainer for us.”

The first Demon Hunter album emerged in 2002. It’s cover, like all subsequent releases (including their live album), was emblazoned with a now iconic symbol that’s been tattooed, spray painted, sculpted and otherwise creatively displayed by the band’s devoted following ever since. The group blended devastating heaviness with melodic hooks long before it was fashionable.

With close to half a million albums sold around the world, Demon Hunter‘s unique connection with their fans and steadfast commitment to the presentation, message and musicianship of their output continues to invigorate and inspire. Demon Hunter, Summer of Darkness, The Triptych and Storm the Gates of Hell are all landmarks in the genre. 45 Days chronicled fans across the world (and in the Armed Forces abroad) whose lives have been touched in empowering and breathtaking ways by Demon Hunter‘s sound and fury.

“I am elated to have the opportunity to continue to work with Demon Hunter,” remarked Solid State / Tooth & Nail Records president and founder Brandon Ebel. “Demon Hunter is a core artist for the Solid State / Tooth & Nail family. Ryan Clark is an extraordinary songwriter, musician, artist and friend. We’re looking forward to supporting Ryan and the Demon Hunter team on future projects and further developing the Demon Hunter brand worldwide.”

Demon Hunter‘s latest album, The World is a Thorn, debuted with the group’s highest placement on the Billboard 200 chart thus far, signifying the continued passion of the “Hunters” and the “Blessed Resistance,” as their official fan community is called. They’ve helped introduce bands like August Burns Red, Haste The Day and Oh, Sleeper on their headlining tours. They’ve been a mainstay at major Christian festivals. And last year they were direct support to As I Lay Dying.

With a new batch of songs at the ready, sure to inspire those who’ve drawn close to Demon Hunter classics like “Not Ready to Die,” “Fading Away,” “Undying,” “Carry Me Down,” “Tie This Around Your Neck” and more, Ryan Clark and Demon Hunter will return to producer / longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle in November to begin work on what will become their sixth album.

“We’re knee-deep in the writing process and the songs are sounding as intense as ever,” Clark revealed. “We’ve always made an effort to stay true to our sound, but we like to push the boundaries of that blueprint with each release. These new songs have a lot of varying influences: from viking metal to classic thrash; grooving 90′s rock to stompy hardcore. Our goal, as it is with each record, is to blend these influences into one cohesive but unique Demon Hunter album.””

CKY’s Future In Doubt As Tensions Flare And Members Allegedly Part Ways

It may come as no surprise that following the recent video of CKY pondering their uncertain future, comes word of a full on rift within the band. In particular the tensions seem centered between vocalist/guitarist Deron Miller and guitarist/vocalist Chad I Ginsburg (who has reportedly exited the group.)

Speaking on the situation via his Facebook, Miller offered the following:

“you know i had this whole angry post planned to make you all abreast of whats going on, but i’m not going to do that. instead i’ll keep it as short and sweet as possible. for CKY, there is NOTHING going on, and i honestly feel that the band’s potential has expired and we are just another casualty of the dying business. Chad quit the band already and didnt tell me or the fans, and our management and jess werent going to tell me we were now a 3 piece until we got to the juggalofest.

no one within the whole cky community keeps in touch with me AT ALL, or tells me anything, so, in addition to a zillion other reasons… it’s no longer a possibility for me to be a part of CKY, and i can no longer work with some of the people within our organization, and chad already having left ( i could go on and on and on), i want to fulfill the remaining obligations, including any shows already booked and then im throwing the towel in.

i dont think its fair that every time i have a negative opinion, complaint or angry rant…its because im drunk or loaded. NO… its because im frustrated, lied to, ripped off…and exhausted. it causes me a lot of stress being kept out of the loop and mentally its taking a huge toll on me. im going to do whatever i can with World Under Blood and get more involved with working in other areas of the entertainment industry with my wife, much of which is going to keep us very busy and already panning out. for the most part, it was a good 15 year run, and im sorry because i know the fans will suffer the most and be dissapointed…but its time for a change and time to move on.

i will ALWAYS be involved in music, but i will only work with people that i can get along with. and from now on its going to be for fun. so if i dont see you onstage at the last couple cky shows, i’ll see you onstage with World Under Blood, or anything else!

thanks for your support and i’m always here for you all…

deron

Meanwhile, when asked by a fan what his take was on the situation via the groups Ask CKY page, band drummer Jess Margera offered:

“i have learned over the years that mud-slinging bullshit is the gayest way to handle this situation. alcohol is a fucking serious problem, bam is going through it too, and about a dozen other people that i know. getting mad over it is not the way to handle it, took me a while to realize that – but its totally the truth. deron needs our support right now, not a insult fest.

in all 100 percent honesty, i just hope he gets better one of these days. thats all i have to say on the subject guys, im traveling today and i wont have internet for a bit. my apologies for the shit-show, when i get home i hope things get sorted in some way or another. who knows what is going to happen. thanks, jess

Replying to a fan on the Ask CKY page about the potential to miss the groups planned “Soundwave Festival 2012” performances in Australia next year, Miller offered:

chad‘s not playing soundwave. and im not playing it as a 3 piece like management wants me to so they can take all the fucking money.”

Furthermore, in the above-mentioned video Miller expressed his interest in each member of the band working on a solo album – an idea Ginsburg seemed to be against. Instead, Ginsburg insisted that the band needed to get in a room and write together. It would appear that despite Ginsburg‘s alleged departure and Miller‘s role in the band seemingly in doubt, the solo album plan may continue in some capacity.

Addressing a fan via Facebook Miller stated:

“…if i could get those guys to call me, email me, ANYTHING…i would do what i can…i was SO looking forward to the 4 solo albums. but chad didnt want to do that, and i think its because hes afraid to make an album. but as it stands, my decision is my final decision and dont get me wrong, im still gonna do my album”

Attila will be sitting out the Canadian stops of the “The All Stars Tour” after being denied entry into the country due to legal issues involving frontman Chris Fronzak. Speaking via Twitter the band offered the following on that:

“We are officially “Outlawed” from Canada. Unfortunately we are unable to play the Canadian dates of All Stars. We tried everything in our power to make it work out, but the Canadian government won’t approve @attilafronz to cross because of his felony charge : / WE ARE VERY SORRY”

The groups new album “Outlawed” is due out through Artery Recordings on August 16th.

A new music documentary titled “Blood, Sweat & Vinyl: DIY In The 21st Century” will be making the festival rounds this year. The film, which was directed by Kenneth Thomas, will focus specifically on Hydra Head Records, Neurot Recordings and Constellation Records and their output in recent years. Commentary and live footage from a number of their artists will also be featured. For now, a trailer for the feature can be found below while along with some sneak peeks:


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Argonauts Discuss Direction, Future Plans In New Interview

Argonauts, the new group featuring alumni of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Burnt By The Sun, etc., recently did their first interview with Noisecreep. While details firm details remain scarce, drummer Dave Witte offered the following on the bands ‘direction’:

“We have no direction to follow. We all know that we want it dark and heavy in our own way, while nodding to our own past approaches. We just want pieces of ourselves to come out through this new outlet, with the purpose of keeping ourselves satisfied.”

Earache Records Founder Weighs In On Why He Originally Signed Pitchshifter

Earache Records founder Digby Pearson recently gave an insightful answer as to exactly why the label signed Pitchshifter back in the early 90′s. The full article can be read here, while an excerpt can be found below:

“I actually dunno why I bothered with Pitch Shifter, what a collosal waste of space that band turned out to be. The short answer is because they were a local Nottingham band, we moved in similar circles, they were on our doorstep and I’d seen their buzz building up close. In truth, the main reason is because they pretty much blagged themselves onto on the label. PSI are the only band I’ve worked with who kinda begged to be signed up to the label – and during their 4 year stint on Earache released 2 x EPs & 2 x albums. The band later also campaigned and begged- very vociferously, very bitterly and publicly – to be let go from the label deal whilst it was still ongoing. They got their wish.”

Rose Funeral have set a September 27th release date through Metal Blade for their new album “Gates Of Punishment“. For now, a new track from the outing by the name of “Beyond The Entombed” can be found online both via Metalblade.com and below. In the meantime, band vocalist/guitarist Ryan Gardner offered the following on “Gates Of Punishment“:

“We had the greatest time recording Gates of Punishment. It is definitely a HUGE step for Rose Funeral. I can honestly say this album just crushes any release we have done. We are looking to turn heads and drop jaws with this album. Gates of Punishment is filled with intense blasts, fast paced solos, melodic harmonies, dark chords, pissed off vocals, and harsh breakdowns. This is the sound i have been searching for with Rose Funeral, and I couldn’t be happier. All I can say is that with the guys I have, it will be a huge climb in sound every album from now on.”

The track listing for “Gates Of Punishment” will run as follows:

01 – “Legions Of Ruination
02 – “Grotesque Mutilation
03 – “Beyond The Entombed
04 – “False Divine” (feat. Steve Tucker)
05 – “Arise Infernal Existence
06 – “Malignant Amour” (feat. Kate Alexander)
07 – “A Recreant Canticle
08 – “The Desolate Form
09 – “Entercism
10 – “Amidst Gehenna
11 – “Gates Of Punishment

Slayer, Public Enemy, Cave In And More To Appear At 2011 “Fun Fun Fun Fest”

A wealth of diverse performers will be appearing at this years edition of the “Fun Fun Fun Fest“. Set to take place at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX from November 04th-06th, the following artists are just some of the many scheduled to perform:

Slayer
Hum
Public Enemy
Odd Future
Cave In
Boris
Bane
Earth Crisis
Doomriders
Graveyard
Ceremony
Eyehategod

The full lineup for the event can be found over at Funfunfunfest.com.