Metal News for January 12, 2010
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Devin Townsend is a true artist when it comes to creating music. He is currently half-way through releasing a four-album series, each record with it's own identity, and planning the resurrection of our favorite coffee-drinking alien Ziltoid. Devin Townsend is on tour for the first time in years, and everybody is clammering for a chance to see him after his hiatus. I had the opportunity to sit down with him before his performance in New Orleans to discuss his numerous albums, getting back on the road and some strange plans for the future. A transcription follows. More...
Detroit death metallers AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH have completed work on their upcoming new album, "Proprioception," which is due out later this year via EARACHE RECORDS. For the entire month of December 2009, the band made residence at Dreadcore Productions in White Lake, MI. The band recorded the album with producer, Josh Wichman. AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH guitarist, Kyle McIlmurray issued this brief statement upon the album's completion:
"We just exited the studio and have begun the mixing process. Josh sent us a quick mix of one of the tracks from the album and we were all blown away by what we have all created with our time in the studio. You're definitely all in for a treat. Expect a new, more mature AHFW. I think every member in the band was given the chance to shine on this album. We all poured our blood, sweat and tears into this to take the bar and raise it higher. Needless to say, we're all stoked beyond belief for the release of this record. The album artwork is being done by the renowned God Machine. There's another thing we're way excited about. The list goes on and on.. Basically in a nutshell we have wiped the slate clean as a band and are now ready to continue to fill it with nothing less then stellar characteristics." More...
Jordanian thrashers have released a new song titled "Ignorant Is What Your Are" on the band's Myspace for user streaming.
ENTHRONED has posted album cover artwork for their newest album "Pentagrammaton". The artwork can be viewed below. "Pentagrammaton" is scheduled for a March 22nd, 2010 release. The track list for "Pentagrammaton" is as follows:
01. In Missi Solemnibvs
02. The Vitalized Shell
03. Rion Riorrim
04. Ornament of Grace
05. Magnvs Princeps Leopardi
08. The Essential Chaos
09. Ad Te Clamamvs Exsvles Morvua Liberi
10. Unconscious Minds
11. Behemiron More...
RAGNAROK has revealed the new album cover artwork for their newest album "Collectors Of The King." The cover artwork can be viewed below. The album is set to be released in late February or early March of 2010. The track listing for "Collectors Of The King" is a follows:
02. Stabbed By The Horns
03. Burning The Earth
04. In Honour Of Satan
05. Collectors Of The King
06. Eternal Damnation
07. The Ancient Crown Of Glory
08. May Madness Hunt You Down
09. Wisdom Of Perfection More...
W.A.S.P.'s single "Babylon's Burning" now has a music video to go along with it's enticing rhythm. The band's first music video was posted today on their YouTube, and is available for all users to stream.
New York hardcore metal band SICK OF IT ALL has announced a number of live dates during the upcoming months. Apart from a few selected headlining shows, the band will be on the road with DROPKICK MURPHYS in January and February 2010, followed by a UK run with AFI. Tour dates are listed below. More...
Brazilian death squad KRISIUN have launched a new video clip for the song "Sentenced Morning" on its Myspace.
KRISIUN are currently preparing to tour the USA with Nile, Immolation, Abigail Williams and Dreaming Dead before they will head back to Brazil and other South American countries in March 2010.
GOJIRA has announced that its only show in the United Kingdom will be its act on the Bloodstock Open Air Festival bill. Although GOJIRA has stated it will be playing more shows in the US, no new tour dates have been released as of yet. The current Bloodstock Open Air Festival lineup is as follows:
OBITUARY, ROSS THE BOSS, RAGE, ANDROMEDA, BEHEMOTH, DEVIN TOWNSEND, DORO, LEAVES EYES, SUFFOCATION, DREAM EVIL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, KORPIKLAANI, GWAR, CHILDREN OF BODOM, FEAR FACTORY, AMORPHIS, GOJIRA
The Bloodstock Open Air Festival is currently scheduled for August 13th, 14th, and 15th.
Greek thrash act Suicidal Angels has been confirmed as support for Bolt Thrower at a show in Athens on May 30th. The band issued the following statement about the show:
"For the first time in their huge carreer, Bolt Thrower will honor us with a great live gig in Athens on the 30th of May! We are proud to share the stage with the old-school death metal giants from the UK and we are sure that this concert will leave a mark on everyone for the rest of our lives... Once more, Bolt Thrower do a great thing by keeping the ticket fee as low as possible (20 euros), thus depraving any excuses from not attending the show!!! Furthermore, we will share the stage for the first time with our old friends, Inveracity, probably the best death metal band in Greece, and not only... So, we are looking forward to this special concert, it is going to be an amazing experience for all of us!"
Suicidal Angels have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Bring Me The Horizon has issued the following statement about seeking fan donations while they write a new album:
"yo, were in scotland in the middle of fucking no where right now for the next 3 weeks writing the new album. we want you guys to send us stuff! anything! dvds,toys, games, food, drugs (haha), letters, video, clothes (socks and pants please!) books, comics, photos, whatevvvverrr!
"oh & we have an xbox 360 if you wanna send us games! whatever you fucking want, send it to this address. we will love you forever! write your myspace addy on the envelope so we can thankyou personally! send too: Ardrhu Holiday Cottages | Onich | By Fort William | PH33 6SD thankyou, we love you all! happy new year!"
Sweden's Bursting Veins have issued the following new year update:
"Hi there! Welcome to a new decade with Bursting Veins!! Hope everyone has gotten real fat and happy after x-mas and new years! We have! So, just gonna give you guys some info on what we are doing at the moment in the B.V camp. We have started to do some 'pre-recordings' of some new tracks that we eventually will record for real as well later this year. We hopefully will have a new track up from 'Pheonix' as well within some kind of near future.
"In other news we have just gotten a new rehearsal space and we are feeling very productive already! Hopefully soon, there will be some other news that surrounds the other parts of the band except the actual music and writing, but we'll get back to you on that at a later point and time!
"Oh, there will probably be some kind of video up soon too so you guys can see us play live, party or just mess about before gigs and whatnot. There will surely be a new blog on that as it actually happens! Be cool, stay in school."
Saginaw, Michigan based metallers Tension Head have issued the following statement about canceling their January 16th tour date:
"For reasons why, I have no idea, but I sure as hell am not gonna let some so called Promoter ruin our rep as far as never Cancelling a show in 7 fuckin years! I booked this gig back in late November with him, and now he's sayin that he had no idea about this show, lmfao! For the first time ever, I got a return phone call back from this guy last night, since I left him a voice mail sayin that I heard through the grapevine that The Rock Spot wasn't even gonna open until Feb, (even that is a maybe) and that if he didn't get back with me, he'd have alot of pissed of people at him, funny how these things work...when your ass is on the line, now all of the sudden you care?
"Fuck it, I ain't gonna give ya'll his number, but I sure as hell am gonna give ya'll his name and his MySpace (Company Name), I don't play this shit, not for one fuckin minute! So for those who made plans Saturday night like I did (some even had Hotel Rooms!) for this show, I DO apologize, but like I said, if you got beef, hit this guy up and tell what ya think about bad promotion! Bands, I wouldn't suggest workin with this guy, I never will again, and I am a Man of my word! Oh Fuck Yeah!!! Lew @ this location."
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week’s story is from Alan Averill Nemtheanga, frontman of Primordial:
"During the last show of the Paganfest Tour in LA in the pit some fucker was giving me the finger for the whole first half of the show, why you would go pay into a band to do that is beyond me. He was wearing a Dimmu shirt if I remember correctly so no doubt that says something about his taste in music. Maybe I fucked his girlfriend, sister or mother or something when she was on holidays in Ireland who knows? So I called him out on it and told him it was no problem to meet after the show and I would kick his fucking head in. 18 hole gettagrips got to be used for something right? Well I didn't need to as, as soon as the next track started he got hauled into the pit by some Irish boys and they kicked his ass big time. That made me smile, and here's me thinking Metal had lost it's edge o)..."
Primordial recently posted a new trailer online for their forthcoming new DVD release, "All Empires Fall." Meanwhile, the extreme metal side project Blood Revolt that Nemtheanga handles vocals for will enter the studio to record their debut album this winter.
Check back every Tuesday for more tales from the pit.
Finland's Amoral has posted the following message regarding the departure of guitarist Silver Ots:
"For the past months it has been unclear whether or not Silver would continue in the band, and now he has made up his mind to leave. Apparently he didn't feel motivated enough to be part of Amoral anymore, as well as wanting to concentrate on other things in life.
"As bothersome as it is to lose a band member we've been working with since the very beginning, we're not going to let this affect our own enthusiasm and the future of Amoral. Valtteri Hirvonen will be our 'permanent stand-in guitarist' for the time being, so he'll be joining us on gigs and helping out with the songwriting process (he did a GREAT job on the European tour by the way, so we're more than happy to have the guy with us).
"So, all the best for Silver in the future, and towards new adventures with Amoral!"
Silver comments: "I would like to thank the guys for dedication and determination throughout the years and making things happen. I treasure the experiences and miles travelled. I hope nothing but the best for Amoral and raise my thumbs up to Valtteri Hirvonen for stepping up to the challenge!"
Greek metallers Rotting Christ have issued the following statement thanking their Australian fans for support during their recent tour:
"Rotting Christ would like to send their greetings to all the Australian Metal heads that their support made our first ever Australian tour one of our most enjoyable tours in our career. We haven't more to say than sending our blessings to you and renewing our meeting for the future and especially for our next Worldwide tour that starts right after the release of our new album on the 15th of February and will hopefully pass from your land. 'Till then... Keep the flame burning Aussies Click here to see photos from this show."
Finnish metallers Amorphis have updated their upcoming tour schedule with the following dates:
1/15 2010 Night Vaakuna Mikkeli
1/16 2010 Himos Areena Jämsä
2/19 2010 Helsinki Metal Meeting, Kaapelitehdas Helsinki
3/26 2010 Club HeVen Järvenpää
4/2 2010 Finlandia-klubi Lahti
7/3 2010 With Full Force Löbnitz
8/6 2010 W:O:A Wacken
8/14 2010 Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall/Derbyshire
Amorphis are touring in support of their latest album "Skyforger." Samples from the album are available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.
Gorgoroth have announced they will be co-headlining the seventh Ragnarok Festival, which is set to take place at Ostbayernhalle in Rieden/Kreuth, Germany, from the 29th of April to the 1st of May, 2010. More information on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed bands for the festival include Agathodaimon, Akrea, Arkona, Belphegor, Carach Angren, Ctulu, Equilibrium, Grailknights, Hollenthon, Obscurity, Varg, Vreid, and more.
Canadian metallers Of Reality Beyond are currently streaming their entire new album online. All ten tracks from the album "Molecules" can be heard via their MySpace page. The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Celled In
2. Snail Prison
4. The Darkest Lullaby
5. Mindsick (the why)
7. Forever Falling
8. Inhuman Whores
9. Where I Lay
London rockers Voodoo Six have made a new song from their upcoming album available for streaming. The track, titled "Live Again," can be heard through the band's Facebook page. The previously uploaded track "Something For You" can also be heard at the page.
Greek heavy metal outfit Firewind has announced that they have parted ways with their drummer, Mark Cross. A message from the band reads as follows:
“Firewind has decided to part ways with drummer Mark Cross due to personal differences. We thank Mark for his work and contribution to Firewind and wish him good luck in the future.
"Behind the kit, for the upcoming Mexico shows will be Michael Ehre (ULI JON ROTH, KEE MARCELLO, etc.). Michael’s a beast, a truly fantastic player with years of experience next to top musicians and bands and we’re very happy to have him on board!"
Canada's Hoarfrost has issued the following update about their final live show before writing new material for an upcoming release:
"Hails to the Frost Legion! Ryan here, lot's of stuff to cover, so let's get to it!
"Just a hairsbreadth under two months ago, Hoarfrost had the honour of releasing our first album, 'The Cold Plains' EP, in front of well over 100 people (118 paid + bands and support staff, such as our friend and host Bill Gillis) at an all ages show at CFR Church with our comrades Grand Master and Armoured Assault. As we come into this new year - and indeed, an entirely new decade - HOARFROST is playing one more show with our good friends in Psychotic Gardening as well as Brandon's Arctic Circle and Regina's Pericardium (whose frontman is ex-Into Eternity guitarist/vocalist Rob Doherty, who featured on their fantastic must-have album Buried In Oblivion (my personal fav) this Saturday at the Zoo. More...
Florida extreme metallers Order of Ennead have posted a series of video clips online from their tour with Vital Remains, Sludge, and Tribulation across Europe in April Of 2009. The first video can be viewed below and the remaining three clips can be found after the jump. Order Of Ennead recently finished recording their next album "An Examination of Being" with producer Mark Lewis (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, ALL THAT REMAINS) at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, FL. The album is due for release on April 20th.
Solo artist Ihsahn, who has previously been involved with Emperor and Peccatum, has posted the third and final studio report from his upcoming album "After." The video clip can be viewed below. The mixing for the album took place at Fascination Street Studio with Jens Bogren. "After" will be released in Europe on January 25th and in the U.S. on January 26th.
The track listing for "After" is as follows:
1. The Barren Lands
2. A Grave Inversed
4. Frozen Lakes on Mars
7. Heavens Black Sea
8. On the Shores
Stone Sour announced today the commencement of work on a new album for Roadrunner Records, their first in four years. The band will record their third album in Nashville at Blackbird Studio with Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, Rush, Alice In Chains), who also produced 2006’s gold certified "Come What(ever) May." The new album is due out this summer.
Frontman Corey Taylor commented, “I cannot wait to make this Stone Sour album. Everything already feels a million times stronger than anything we've done in the past. Plus getting back together with Nick is going to mean monstrous things. This is the year for Stone Sour.”
Stone Sour’s last album, "Come What(ever) May," and self-titled debut are both RIAA gold certified and approaching platinum status. The albums have a combined 1 million digital singles sales. The band has had three top 3 active rock hits with “Bother,” “Through Glass” and “Silly World,” one top 10 Active Rock hit with “Made of Scars,” and two Modern Rock hits with “Bother” and “Through Glass.” “Through Glass” remained at #1 on the Active Rock charts for a record 7 weeks. MTV, MTV2, VH-1, Fuse and Music Choice have continually offered major support. Stone Sour has to date received three Grammy nominations.
New Jersey metal band With Daggers Drawn has issued the following update regarding their lineup:
"Max Illidge and Joey D'Amico (ex-40 Below Summer/Black Market Hero vocalist and guitarist) have now joined WITH DAGGERS DRAWN! They join Tommy Costello (lead guitar), Ed Schiro (bass), and Greg Telfeian (drums) in the band. The debut show with the new line-up will be Saturday, March 6th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ opening up for God Forbid & Kittie! Purchase tickets at [this location]. New music is coming soon! Head on over to MySpace for more info and a video of us working in the studio." More...
California death metal band Fatalist has parted ways with their guitarist/vocalist Wes Caley and drummer Tyler Castro. The band has issued the following update regarding the changes to their lineup:
"Wes and Tyler have been asked to leave Fatalist because of their lack of interest and participation in the band over the last year. We appreciate the time and effort that they put into the band over the last few years and wish them luck in the future."
"New members have been found and they will be announced soon. Fatalist will be back to performing live shows again with more news to follow." More...
Finnish metal band Nowen has announced that they will release their new album, "Nothing But Hate," on February 10th through Violent Journey Records.
The tracklisting for "Nothing But Hate" [cover] is as follows:
02. The Sick Weakness
03. Dead Meat
05. Bleed, Suffer And Die
07. Nothing But Hate
08. After The Suicide
09. From Time To Eternity
German power metal band SINBREED will release their debut album, "When Worlds Collide," on March 26th in Europe through Ulterium Records. Release dates for Japan and North America will be announced shortly.
Sinbreed's lineup is as follows:
Herbie Langhans [Seventh Avenue] - Vocals
Frederik Ehmke [Blind Guardian] - Drums
Alexander Schulz - Bass
Flo Laurin - Guitars, Keys More...
Arkansas metal band Living Sacrifice have posted another new song, "They Were One," up on their MySpace page. The song is off their upcoming album, entitled "The Infinite Order," which is available in stores and online January 26th.
Upcoming Living Sacrifice tour dates are as follows:
1/15 - The Abbey - Memphis, Tennessee
1/16 - Habitat For Humanity Benefit @ Friendship Church - Athens, Alabama
2/05 - Rocketown w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Nashville, Tennessee
2/06 - Juanitas w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Little Rock, Arkansas
2/07 - Fat Daddy’s w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Dallas, Texas
2/08 - White Rabbit w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - San Antonio, Texas
2/09 - Meridian w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Houston, Texas
2/10 - Marquis Theatre w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Tulsa, Oklahoma
2/11 - Skia w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Bentonville, Arkansas
2/12 - El Torreon w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Kansas City, Missouri
2/13 - Community Center w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Jefferson, South Dakota
2/14 - The Vault w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Buffalo, Minnesota
2/15 - Reggie’s w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Chicago, Illinois
2/17 - Emerson Theatre w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Indianapolis, Indiana
2/19 - Imagine This w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Grand Ledge, Michigan
2/20 - Forward Hall w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Erie, Pennsylvania
2/21 - Chameleon Club w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2/22 - Aquifer Music Venue w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Clinton, New Jersey
2/23 - Sonar w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Baltimore, Maryland
2/24 - Club Relevant w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC - Virginia Beach, Virginia
2/25 - The Brewery w/ War Of Ages, Lionheart, TGC - Raleigh, North Carolina
2/27 - The 7 Venue w/ War Of Ages, Lionheart, TGC - Douglasville, Georgia
2/28 - Murray Hill Theatre w/ War Of Ages, Lionheart, TGC - Jacksonville, Florida
Swedish melancholic metallers IN MOURNING have set the official release dates as 25th of January 2010 and 16th of February 2010 for European and North American territories respectively, for the upcoming album entitled “Monolith.”
The band also launched a mini-site for “Monolith” where the new album is streaming in its entirety. The mini-site also includes essential information such as album tracklisting, band biography and as well as some photos and videos taken from the “Monolith” recording sessions.
Italian death metal band Putridity has issued the following update on their upcoming album:
"Putridity completed the recording sessions for their 2nd full length album @ BrutalDave’s home studios (where few years ago 'Mental Collapse Induces Necrophilism' and recently Septycal Gorge’s 'Erase The Insignificant' were recorded); as soon as possible the band will mix the tracks up @ Dissonant Studios."
"The title of the cd will be 'Degenerating Anthropophagical Euphoria' and will contain 8 tracks of pure, uncompromised and unmerciful brutal death metal." More...
Colorado-based extreme metallers ENEMY REIGN will release their "Means To A Dead End" EP in Europe through Neurotic Records. The EP was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al) in 2008 and, until now, self-distributed through the ENEMY REIGN online webstore. The European version of this EP will contain one newly recorded exclusive bonus track entitled "If The Truth Hurts...Suffer." The European version will also have exclusive art work and other bonus materials. You can check out the cover here.
ENEMY REIGN features the lineup of former Skinless vocalist Sherwood Webber alongside drummer Andon Guenther (Deadspeak; creative director, programmer, and co-creator of Sick Drummer Magazine), guitarist Nick Guenther (Becoming The Enemy, Masakado) and bassist Cassie Begay (Throat Culture/Throcult, Deadspeak).
In conjunction with the EP's European release, the band will appear on the 2010 edition of the Neurotic Deathfest featuring Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Dying Fetus, Insision, Lock Up, Napalm Death and Origin (among many others), followed by a tour throughout Europe (dates TBA).
The band is currently working on their as-yet-untitled debut full-length. Further details are to be unveiled soon.
Italian gothic rock outfit Lacuna Coil has posted their new music video online for the song, "I Won't Tell You." You can check it out below. The song is the third from the bands latest studio album, "Shallow Life" to receive the music video treatment, following "Spellbound" and "I Like It." More...
Machine Head has announced that they will be extending their Black Procession tour, with a tour of Australia and Japan. They will be joined on the trek by Hatebreed and Bleeding Through and will also be joined by Emmure in Australia and Crossfaith in Japan.
The tour dates are as follows:
March 16 - Tokyo, Japan - O East
March 17 - Tokyo, Japan - O East
March 18 - Osaka, Japan - Quattro
March 22 - Perth, Australia - Metropolis
March 24 - Adelaide, Australia - The Barton
March 26 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
March 27 - Sydney, Australia - Luna Park
March 28 - Brisbane, Australia - River Stage
Tracii Guns of the veteran hard rock band LA Guns has posted a short message online revealing that Gilby Clarke, the former guitarist of Guns N Roses, was involved in a motorcycle crash last sunday. The message reads as follows:
"Gilby got nailed on his motorcycle last night. His leg is broken in three places. It was a hit and run. I am gonna try to go see him tonight - he will be ok."