Metal News for January 13, 2009
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message online:
"I remember when I first started to hear all of the shit around the number 13. It meant that you were now a teenager as far as I was concerned as a kid, but then there was that dark side.
"There was the dark side that was associated with 'bad luck,' and an even worse and darker side; the 'marijuana' connection. But I want to tell you about the song 'Song 13 idea.' This is quite possibly going to be my favourite song on the record (on any Megs record for that matter for a long time coming). More...
In celebration of the upcoming release of "Evisceration Plague," purveyors of death metal CANNIBAL CORPSE will be releasing exclusive video clips to various websites to give fans a sneak peak of the documentary DVD which will accompany the CD. A new video clip will be released weekly up until the release of "Evisceration Plague," which will be unleashed upon the world on February 3, 2009. DecibelMagazine.com has now posted the fourth clip so make sure to head over to the site and check it out before it comes down.
Evisceration Plague marks CANNIBAL CORPSE’s 11th full-length studio release since the band formed in 1988 and is the follow up to the largely celebrated and successful 2006 release "KILL," which saw the band land at #170 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart making it the fastest selling Cannibal album in the band’s storied career.
EVISCERATION PLAGUE's track listing: More...
Earache Records has issued the following statement:
"British metallers Evile know a thing or two about thrashing, and they know that the music has to be loud. The band were therefore slightly worried to hear something which could affect fans of live music all across the UK.
EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE explains: "I was browsing the Downing Street website to see what exactly our Prime Minister is doing, and I came across the 'Petitions' section. One that stood out to me was a petition for 'No Noise Control'. Now, I remember playing a show in a venue where they were strict on the level of noise, as they had one of these Noise Control devices. It was so quiet, it felt like a crime headbanging whilst playing the music. I'd hate to go and see my favourite band live and have the music being at that level.
I urge all UK live music fans to sign this petition to make it be known that we love live music, and for it to be that ridiculously quiet would be a travesty. The kind of music we play is aggressive. You can't have aggressive music at low volumes. It defeats the purpose. I want to have my
head blasted off by a riff, not my genitals slightly tickled. Please take a look, sign and pass on!"
To view and sign the petition, click here.
Evile are currently working on material for a new album, tentatively due to be released later this year on Earache Records."
Demon Hunter has posted the song "I Am You" from their upcoming album "Live In Nashville" on their MySpace page. The band also issued the following statement about the song:
Our new live album "Live In Nashville" hits stores in just two weeks on January 27th. We just posted the live version of "I Am You" at myspace.com/demonhunter. Go listen to it now!
Also, don't forget to pre-order your copy of "Live In Nashville" at the Solid State Store. You can currently buy it on its own or bundled with a double-sided 11"x17" poster and a heavy duty embossed DH dogtag with ballchain."
Death metal band Zonaria has posted a new widget online for previewing their upcoming album "The Cancer Empire," which is due out on January 27th through Century Media. The widget can be viewed below. More...
San Francisco based progressive black metal band Cormorant has issued the following recording update:
"We're recording at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California,and tonight while we were tracking there were riots going on about 20 blocks away. I'm sure it's all over the news, even in the East coast. Absolutely awful police shooting. It was crazy leaving the studio and seeing a half-dozen helicopters circling the city. The studio itself is actually in a pretty nice part of town though, right around Jack London Square. We couldn't be happier with it. Everything is pro:great equipment, helpful staff, comfortable vibe. They've recorded everyone from Cathedral to High on Fire to Cattle Decapitation. We're scheduled to record from January 2nd to the 14th.
The songs are coming together beautifully. As of January 7th, all the drum, bass and primary guitar tracks are done. The basic tracks were recorded live almost exclusively, and then we began overdubbing vocals, solos and extra guitars. We've finished about 75-80% of the vocals so far. Guitar doubling is essentially complete, with just some acoustics and tertiary ornaments to add. We're ahead of schedule and excited about how the material is shaping up. We're proud of our last album, but in terms of fresh ideas, we're going for broke on this one. Improvisational songs, jazz breaks, ultra-layering, 4-part vocal harmonies, insane guitar effects, mandolin, acoustic guitar, hand drums, nature sounds, fretless/fan-fret bass, black metal, sludge,post-rock, death metal, prog, doom, folk, NWOBHM...
I know it sounds like a clusterfuck but we have a singular vision for it all and we're making it work cohesively. In terms of instrumentation, there is cello courtesy of Lewis Patzer from the band Judgement Day. We also have piano/keyboards/organ courtesy of Matt's brother Andrew Solis. Guest vocals are courtesy of Brennan's sister Deborah Spake from the band Kung Fu Vampire, and of course Aaron Gregory from Giant Squid. More...
Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has issued the following statement about the death of his father:
"It's with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that I share the news of the passing of my best friend,
my idol and my father, Howard Portnoy.
He passed away this morning at 3:38 am with his loving wife Trish and myself by his side after a 6 month battle with cancer. He was an amazing person whose lively spirit was a tremendous inspiration to me and to most people that had the pleasure to know him.
He will be sorely missed by so many friends and family - but none more so than his wife Trish, his daughter in law Marlene, his grandchildren Melody and Max and yours truly.
The Spirit Carries On 'Ol Popz......
Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has announced that he plans to enter the recording studio later this year, to record his first solo album. He claims that he has written around fourty to fifty songs so far and is choosing which he wants to be featured on the record.
Corey Taylor states: "It's something that I'd like to do purely for myself. It's something that I need to release before I can think about moving on to anything else… In both SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR I'm slightly limited to how I can write and indeed what I can write about. The beauty of doing a solo album is that I can write whatever type of song I want."
Black metal band Lord Belial has issued the following statement on their website:
"LORD BELIAL 1992 - 2009
"Lord Belial has quit all their activities. All future gigs are canceled. We would like to thank all fans, bands we have played with, labels, organizers and everyone involved in the band for the past 17 years!
"The main reason for this is the hearing problem (tinnitus) that has grown into a quite big problem for Micke the last years… The other members in the band were not forced to put an end to the band but instead they mutually agreed that finding another drummer was not a solution for the future.
"Anyhow, if Micke’s hearing will be at least a little bit recovered after a break from music and especially live appearances for some time, we really hope that we can continue where we ended.
"We will not comment or discuss this in emails etc."
A remix of the Genghis Tron song "Board Up The House" has been included on the soundtrack to the upcoming movie "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans." Genghis Tron issued the following statement about the song:
"Just giving you a heads up that the Underworld soundtrack is out today. It's the only place you can get the totally sick Danny Lohner remix on CD or mp3, so go nutsssssssss."
Swedish metal band Marionette has issued the following statement:
"The New Year is upon us, and it’s going to be super busy! After Reiterfestspiele, we immediately began collecting and putting together song ideas and working on some new riffs: some of which had been written right after Spite was recorded, and some that were completely new. Before we knew it we had written a handful of songs. The writing process thus far has been awesome, working with our new guitarist Anton has been awesome: he has really been a great complementary force to where we are heading musically. Let’s just say that the next album will be more extreme in every way than Spite.
We leave for the UK this week and we are very stoaked to be heading over there for the first time! The UK has always been a stronghold for Marionette fans – very supportive! - and we cannot wait to bring our live show over there. We look forward to meeting everyone at the show and enjoying our first trip as a band to the region: we know it won’t be the last! We will end the trip with a gig in Tilburg at Little Devil in the heart of the town. We are looking forward to this, as it is our first time playing in the Netherlands! See you in the moshpit!"
Marionette has confirmed the following tour dates so far for 2009:
January 17, 2009 – Academy 2, Newcastle, UK
January 19, 2009 – Bar Academy, Birmingham, UK
January 20, 2009 – Academy 2, Bristol, UK
January 21, 2009 – Bar Academy Islington, London, UK
January 23, 2009 – Little Devil, Tilburg, Netherlands (Kreator after-party!)
February 7, 2009 – Meeths, Gothenburg, Sweden
Experimental black metal act Zebulon Kosted has posted excerpts from the songs "Cavernous Quiet," "Rise Conquer and Destroy," and "Issky Kul" on the band's official MySpace page. The songs come from upcoming split albums with both Acrybia and Terre & Neige.
Zebulon Kosted has also stated that a live DVD is in the works titled "Neuschwabenland" which will be released at an undetermined date through Kapustin Yar Records.
Taiwanese black metal act Chthonic recently visited Dharamsala, India where they met the spiritual and political leader the Dalai Lama. He bestowed blessings upon the band for their work to free Tibet. Tibet has been under military from the Chinese government since the Chinese government declared its sovereignty. Chthonic has played numerous shows to help free Tibet along with such big names as the Beastie Boys.
MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE's friend Johnny Araya, from the Canadian metal band and labelmates Thine Eyes Bleed, will be stepping in for bassist LynZ during the Kerrang! Tour as well as during MSI's immedtiately-following European run. MSI will be directly supported on the tour by labelmates DIR EN GREY.
Kerrang! Magazine has a dedicated mini-site to the tour, which the lovely Katie Parsons will be updating two or three times each day with news, videos and photos from fans.
Here are the tour dates for Kerrang! Magazine's 2009 Relentless Energy Drink Tour, featuring MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE, DIR EN GREY, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Tide, In Case Of Fire: More...
Serbian metallers, Disdained, have issued an update regarding their line-up change, upcoming European Tour, and second studio album.
The band comments about their line up change, "After 2 years in the band, Tara (lead vocalist and lyric writer) parts ways with Disdained, as he could not be devoted to the band anymore and wishes to concentrate on other things in life. We wish him all the best in his private life as well as in the music business." More...
Denmark's Dawn of Demise, have announced the following update regarding their new rhythm guitarist, Thomas Egede:
"We have new rhythm guitarist in the band. His name is Thomas Egede (ex - Skinned Beyond Recognition). He joins the band as a full-time member. He was chosen because: He can play our shit, listens to alot of the same bands as we do, is a genuine death metal freak and cool guy." More...
Kingdom Of Sorrow, the metal supergroup featuring Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar/Down guitarist Kirk Windstein, has been confirmed for Germany's famous Wacken Open Air. The festival organisers has announced that the festival is now sold out.
The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:
KINGDOM OF SORROW
AXEL RUDI PELL
WALLS OF JERICHO
American metallers Chimaira has announced that they have officially re-signed to Nuclear Blast Records. A statement from guitarist Rob Arnold reads:
"We are proud to announce that we have resigned with Nuclear Blast Records for the overseas release of our new album, The Infection. They did a great job for us with Resurrection, so we were eager to resign with them. We know they will do a kick ass job with this new record as well. Look out for The Infection in Spring 2009!
"See you guys soon!"
The band's forthcoming album, "The Infection," will be released on April 21st.
The 69 Eyes has posted the following message online:
"Jyrki (vocals) will appear on a new reality show called Gone Fishing! The site will be officially launched on January 15th, but you can take a sneak peek now and leave a comment for Jyrki!
"Be sure to watch the trailer, it is amazing. See a softer side of our favorite Helsinki Vampire!"
Read the full article at GoneFishingShow.com.
Abigail Williams has announced a string of headlining tour dates in North America beginning at the end of this month. Joining them will be Rose Funeral, Burning The Masses and The Breathing Process.
The tour dates are as follows:
30 - Mac's Bar - Lansing, MI
31 - The Attic - Dayton, OH
1 - The Jukebox - Rochester, NY
2 - The Haunt - Yonkers, NY
3 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
4 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
5 - Peppermint Club - Virginia Beach, VA
6 - Brewery - Raleigh, NC
7 - Sector 7G - Augusta, GA
8 - Fuel Coffehouse - Jacksonville, FL
9 - Orpheum - Tampa, FL
12 - Java Jazz - Houston, TX
13 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
14 - Rose Park Activity Bldg - Abilene, TX
15 - Plano Centre - Plano, TX
16 - Lonestar Event Center - Lubbock, TX
17 - Chic's - El Pazo, TX
19 - Karma - Victorville, CA
Texas based hard rockers Drowning Pool will be releasing their first live album on March 3rd through Eleven Seven Music. The album will be entitled, "Loudest Common Demoninator." More details will be revealed shortly.
Tom Fischer, most famous as the former frontman of metal legends Celtic Frost, has issued the following statement regarding his new band, Triptykon:
"Just returned home from an initially somewhat hampered but ultimately very successful rehearsal session with Triptykon. It was the first session in a while, not least due to a hand injury that had forced me to pause temporarily. And in a few hours, I will travel back to Norway for a few days yet again, to attend some of the mixing sessions for 1349's new album. Although, admittedly, my mind is very much with Triptykon, and I am eager to return to Switzerland to continue work on songs, demos, and our first album."
A remixed version of the Deftone’s song “Hole in the Earth” is streaming at this location. New mixes of Puscifer’s “Lighten up Francis” and Alkaline Trio’s “Over and Out” are also available.
The songs are a part of the “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” soundtrack, which is due out today, January 13th.
Ryan Klubeck, guitarist/vocalist of PA metallers Ethereal Collapse, welcomes their new drummer with the following message:
"The new Ethereal Collapse drummer is Jamie Sutor, formerly of Northeastern PA metalcore bands Congo and Aesthetic."
"This kid's drumming is impeccable, and I know you'll all be very pleased. We hope to start booking shows again very soon. See you out there."
New York hardcore band Recon (Rise Records) is currently in search of a new vocalist. The group elaborates:
"Alex is no longer with the band, we didn't have a terrible falling out and there's no animosity or anything of the sort, we've just gone our separate ways. We're now in search of the right person to front Recon. We're not looking for anyone who sounds identical to Alex or Chris; what's important is that it sounds heavy and natural.
1. Must be over the age of 19.
2. Some touring experience is preferred.
3. Be able to tour 9-10 months a year.
4. Know our set and be a front man, not just a singer.
5. Must be straight edge.
6. Must not be a pussy or a negative nancy, but at the same time, must not be an asshole.
"Aright, so here's the deal, if you fill the requirements, the next step is to record 3 songs off our album, Thirteen, Armageddon and Deceiver. We will have links to download the tracks on our Myspace. Please don't waste our time and yours by screaming at your computer microphone, make sure you record at a studio or with some sort of legitimate recording rig. Email your tracks to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact info and anything else you'd like us to know. Please don't message our myspace about this, stick to the email address, otherwise it might not get read."
Brooklyn, NY"s TOMBS have posted a new track from their forthcoming Relapse debut "Winter Hours." The track, "Beneath The Toxic Jungle", can be heard online now via the band's MySpace page along with "Gossamer." "Winter Hours" is set for a February 17th North American release date (February 23rd internationally).
TOMBS has also recently lensed their first video for the track "Gossamer." The video was shot in Brooklyn, NY with director Kevin Custer (KINGDOM OF SORROW, TESTAMENT, BENEATH THE MASSACRE) for Toaster In The Tub. The video is currently in post-production and is expected to see its premiere in February.
TOMBS will embark on brief east coast tour with label-mates DYSRHYTHMIA in early February. The band also has a number of regional shows lined up leading up to the tour. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below with more to be announced soon. More...
Boston rock band Aerosmith’s 1976 “Rocks” was a huge seller for the band, one that was highly influential on bands from Metallica to Guns N’ Roses. Rolling Stone magazine put it on their “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time,” and songs “Last Child,” “Back In The Saddle,” and “Home Tonight” are radio staples. There is no doubt that Rocks is one of the essential rock albums of the 1970s.
One day in the mid-90s in New Mexico, Scott Waters, the new vocalist of the Christian thrash metal band Ultimatum, was driving home after a tough day of work. Waters had recently left his old church, Victory of Love, due to its cult-like tendencies, which caused him to throw away hundreds upon hundreds of vinyl, cassettes, and CDs that he had been collecting since the early 1970s.
On this significant day in his life, Waters turned on the radio to the local rock station, ZRock. Maybe it was fate or a higher power calling to him in the form of electronic waves, but “Rocks” began to play and it hit Waters like an icy cold shower after a day at Navajo State National Park. More...
Behemoth has posted the first in a series of episodes documenting the making of the band's new album. The first video, which covers pre-production, can be viewed below.
As previously reported, Behemoth will enter the studio next month to record their new album. The band has not yet announced an album title but frontman Nergal says they have written roughly nine songs so far. The album is expected to be released this fall through Nuclear Blast Records. More...
OPEN GRAVE RECORDS has announced the signing of Nevada-based death metal band I BUILT THE CROSS.
I BUILT THE CROSS was formed during the summer of 2008 by two long time-time friends and ex-members of the popular death metal band Disfiguring the Goddess. As friends, Reed and Gare have been closer than brothers since before either of them can remember, and as musicians, they've been working together for the last several years. Although they have been involved in musical projects spanning various different genres all across the board, they claim that death metal is the only form of musical expression that can truly make their hearts, minds, and desires most tangible.
I BUILT THE CROSS is a Christ-centered, spirit-led technical death metal band with a driven and distinguishable purpose: spread Jesus' name to an audience of people in a music scene that is generally stereotyped as "evil." To them, musicians aren't defined by the music they play, rather, it is the other way around. As a whole, I BUILT THE CROSS is ultimately concerned with clarifying the unconditional love of Jesus - the Savior, the Friend, the Father.
Look for I BUILT THE CROSS's debut album out this spring on OPEN GRAVE RECORDS.
For further information on I BUILT THE CROSS and to check out some of their material, visit their MySpace page.
The initial bands have been announced for the Thrash Assault 4 Festival, which is to take place on November 14, 2009 in Würzburg, Germany at Posthalle (www.posthalle.de).
The bands announced so far are:
LEGION OF THE DAMNED (NL)
FUELED BY FIRE (USA)
SENTINEL BEAST (USA)
Three more bands are expected to be announced still, including one "cult band" as the third co-headliner.
Primer 55 has tentatively titled their new album "The New American Gangsters." There is no word on a possible release date. The band is also gearing up for some tour dates this month.