Metal News for January 13, 2010
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Less than two days ago, BeyondTotalAnarchy was created by Ex-Megadeth guitarist, Jeff Young and a collective of artists, music fans and web designers. When talking to Jeff Young, he explained to me it was more than just music; it was about initiating global connectivity between artists, fans, media and anyone curious about music and the impact it has on life in general. Kind of like in the era of the "Political Machine," during the days of President Teddy Roosevelt and Taft, this forum was made in a sense to unite. To fight "Bob," or in this case the big labels. More...
Denmark's Illdisposed has confirmed the following European tour dates:
02/11 - [Esbjerg @ Tobakken] - Denmark
04/03 - [Chaulnes @ Chaulnes Metal Fest] - France
04/09 - [Haderslev @ Månen] - Denmark
04/10 - [Horsens @ Kulisselageret] - Denmark
04/16 - [Lyngby @ Templet] - Denmark
04/17 - [Copenhagen @ The Rock] - Denmark
04/24 - [Viborg @ Paletten] - Denmark
05/28 - [Copenhagen @ Lygten Station] - Denmark
06/11 - [Heide Hünxe @ Deathfeast Open Air] - Germany
New Jersey progressive metal band EAST OF THE WALL will be embarking on a month-long tour to Austin's South By Southwest festival this March along with Goes Cube. EOTW will be touring in support of their recently released split EP with Rosetta and Year Of No Light, on Translation Loss Records. The band will also be road testing new material from their forthcoming record "Ressentiment," which will see a release through Translation Loss this summer.
The tentative routing is as follows. Dates and venues are still "TBA" and cities are subject to change. Anyone who can be of assistance in helping to book a show in or near one of these cities can contact the band directly via email: band(at)eastofthewall(dot)com:
3/05/2010 - New York, NY
3/06/2010 - Philadelphia, PA
3/07/2010 - Washington, DC
3/08/2010 - Raleigh, NC
3/09/2010 - Savannah, GA
3/10/2010 - Jacksonville, FL
3/11/2010 - Orlando, FL
3/12/2010 - Tampa, FL
3/13/2010 - Tallahassee, FL (no Goes Cube)
3/14/2010 - Birmingham, AL (no Goes Cube)
3/15/2010 - Baton Rouge, LA
3/16/2010 - Houston, TX
3/17-20/2010 - Austin, TX (SXSW)
3/21/2010 - Dallas, TX
3/22/2010 - Kansas City, MO
3/23/2010 - Iowa City, IA
3/24/2010 - Madison, WI
3/25/2010 - Chicago, IL
3/26/2010 - Indianapolis, IN
3/27/2010 - Columbus, OH
Heavy metal quartet Mudvayne released their latest self-titled album and follow up to 2008's "The New Game" on December 21st, 2009. The album's cover features distinctive black light responsive artwork done by tattoo artist Paul Booth. Three sample tracks from the new album, titled "Scream With Me," "Beautiful and Strange," and "Heard it All Before," are available for streaming through Mudvayne's MySpace page. Mudvayne's bass player Ryan Martinie spoke with me about the album, the process of making the black light cover, and the group's plan to stay off the touring circuit for the near future. More...
System of a Down has not released an album since 2006 with their fifth studio release "Hypnotize." Shortly after, the band announced a "hiatus" on their website. Serj Tankian pursued a solo career in 2007's "Elect the Dead," and guitarist Daron Malakian collaborated with the drummer John Dolmayan for a more electronic sounding "Scars On Broadway." More...
Finnish metallers Barren Earth have announced that their debut full-length album "Curse of the Red River" will be released on April 6th in the U.S. and March 29th in Europe. The cover artwork for the album can be viewed at this location.
The track listing for "Curse of the Red River" will be as follows:
1. The Curse Of The Red River (7:52)
2. Our Twilight (5:27)
3. Forlorn Waves (4:39)
4. Flicker (6:42)
5. The Leer (4:56)
6. The Ritual Of Dawn (6:34)
7. Ere All Perish (5:54)
8. Cold Earth Chamber (5:34)
9. Deserted Morrows (6:50
Sweden's Griftegard have issued the following brief statement about canceling their previously scheduled appearance at the Hammer of Doom Festival:
"Due to circumstances beyond our control we are forced to cancel our appearance at the Hammer Of Doom festival on the 6th of February in Germany. So, to everyone that planned to see us there: we are really sorry."
Sample Griftegard tracks are also available for streaming through the band's official MySpace page.
Swedish metallers Hate Ammo have announced they are working on recording two new songs. The new tracks are titled "Criminal Justice Act" and "Just War." The songs will be premiered online when they are finished. Samples of Hate Ammo's music can be found at their official MySpace page.
Megadeth has issued the following update about Dave Mustaine appearing on VH1's That Metal Show:
"Dave Mustaine was in New York City, NY last night (Tuesday, January 12) to tape the first episode of Season 4 of VH1's 'That Metal Show' - a talk show hosted by Eddie Trunk with co-hosts Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson. The show focuses on discussions and debates about 'all things hard rock & heavy metal,' past and present. 'That Metal Show' airs on VH1 Classic Saturdays at 11/10C and is rebroadcast throughout the week. See Dave Mustaine in the first episode of Season 4 when it premieres February 6 on VH1 Classic."
Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following update about appearing at the NAMM convention and designing a signature guitar with PRS Guitars:
"Hello! It's been a while huh? Merry Christmas & a happy new year and whatever. I survived! Did you? I'm not gonna ramble as much as I usually do cause this time I actually have an agenda...something IMPORTANT I wanna tell you about! Here goes: Tits! I love them!
"Secondly: I have my own signature guitar coming out!!! I will be at NAMM in a few days introducing it + it looks like me and Fred might do some type of session as well where we go through a few licks and pretend like we could actually ‘teach’ you something. Might be fun, but there's a risk it might be completely un-fun too (cause I'm gonna be nervous!). I'll just talk shit and Fred can show some licks. Deal?
"Anyways, if you like guitars (which I know you do) I just wanna brief you on what my own signature guitar will be like. Kinda...I haven't played it yet myself but designed it from scratch together with the lovely development team at PRS guitars. I based the whole design around the red Modern Eagle custom 24 that I used here and there in the ‘Roundhouse tapes’ DVD. It's also the one that we used for pretty much all the solos on the ‘Watershed’ record, and the only guitar I've ever brought to our producer Jens Bogren that he liked. Yes, it's fucking amazing and the best guitar in my collection without a doubt. More...
Dutch death metallers Nox recently parted ways with their drummer Bob Dussel. The band has now issued the following statement about the split:
"Nox and drummer Bob Dussel split ways. It has been decided that Nox and Bob Dussel go different directions. Bob's priorities and the band's are not the same. Both parties are not able to 'make it work' any longer. Nox is preparing a new full-length to be recorded (and released?) the end of 2010."
Samples of Nox's music can be found at their MySpace page. They also have the following upcoming tour dates:
4/30 2010 Neurotic Deathfest TILBURG (NL)
5/1 2010 Neurotic Deathfest TILBURG (NL)
5/15 2010 ’t Ukien KAMPEN (NL)
Reactivated New Jersey thrashers Whiplash have uploaded a high quality video clip of the first segment from the bands upcoming DVD entitled "25 Years Of Thrash." The clip was shot at Mozart Studios in the band's hometown of Clifton, New Jersey and features Tony Portaro laying down rhythm guitar tracks for the song entitled "Feeding Frenzy" with producer Harris Johns at the helm. According to the group the disc features three brand new songs and will cover stories from band's history with Roadrunner Records and beyond. The package will include new and rare concert footage, photos, interviews, and more. The video clip can be viewed below.
Orange Goblin has issued the following update about playing a live show in Athens on January 16th:
"Just a reminder to our Greek brothers and sisters that the mighty Orange Goblin will be playing their first live show in Greece in over 5 years this Saturday 16th January at The An Club, Athens! With support from Lucky Funeral and Lord 13, this promises to be an awesome night as Orange Goblin will be playing songs from their entire back-catalogue. Be prepared to drink, bang your heads and raise the horns for the masters of biker doom rock'n'roll! Orange 'Fuckin' Goblin Baby!"
Orange Goblin's tour schedule is as follows:
1/16 2010 An Club, Athens, Greece
2/3 2010 Islington Academy w/ SAINT VITUS London, UK
2/6 2010 Psychotropic Festival Helsinki, Finland
3/13 2010 Hammerfest II Prestatyn, North Wales, UK
5/9 2010 Arena Vienna, Austria
6/5 2010 Wilwarin Festival Kiel, Nr. Hamburg, Germany
Otargos have announced they will soon begin filming a music video for the track "Cloning the Divine," which is from their upcoming album. Otargos recently finished recording the as-yet-untitled album at BST Studios. Further information on the album's title and release date will be announced as it is made available. Samples of Otargos' music can be heard at the band's official MySpace page.
Dutch metallers Persistense have updated their upcoming tour schedule with the following dates:
2/27 2010 De Bastille Schoonhoven
3/11 2010 Persistense & Archaic Averno Germany tour - Club My Way Freiburg (DE), Baden-Württemberg
3/12 2010 Persistense & Archaic Averno Germany tour - Rockkneipe Eiche Crailsheim (DE), Baden-Württemberg
3/13 2010 Persistense & Archaic Averno Germany tour - AK 47 Düsseldorf-flingern (DE), Nordrhein-Westfalen
3/14 2010 Persistense & Archaic Averno Germany tour TBA
4/2 2010 Persistense supporting Détente @ The Rambler Einhoven, Noord-Brabant
Billy Nocera of Razorback Records has issued the following update about creating a new band titled Scaremaker:
"Scaremaker is born! After 10 years of putting out music from other bands on Razorback, I've finally started up my very own band with my fiance Vanessa and my friend Wayne from Decrepitaph! The band is called Scaremaker and we are currently working on our debut full-length CD to be released in late Winter/early Spring! You can keep yourself updated on all the band related stuff on the official Scaremaker page!"
Samples of Scaremaker's music can be found at their MySpace page.
Sybreed has issued the following band update and recap of their recent tour dates:
"Hey there, first of all, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year 2010. Now we are going to announce the winner of the Sybreed’s 'The Pulse Of Advertising' Video Contest: Congratulation to Cristian Moreira, who will receive the price after having nothing less than beheaded the contest with his video. The video is available on our official YouTube channel as well as on the Media section of our MySpace. Thanks to all the participants, we really enjoyed watching all these videos.
"Also, we finally have an official Facebook: click on the fucking link and add us as friends, we’ll post news and stuff there too. Moreover, the new Sybreed’s website is under construction and should be soon on-line. At last, we thought it would be cool to post a small tour report about the tour we’ve done with In Flames at the end of last year: Where to begin with? It is a difficult task to summarize a thing like a tour, whatever its length. Anyway, for your own pleasure, here’s an abridged version: More...
Sweden's Unleashed have announced they will be performing at the Walpurgis Metal Days in Hauzenberg, Germany. The festival will take place on May 7th and 8th, 2010. More information on the festival can be found here. Unleashed's upcoming tour schedule is as follows:
2/20 2010 WinterNachtsTraum Festival Arnsberg/Oeventrop
3/20 2010 MINUS 30° Festival Luleå
5/8 2010 Walpurgis Metal Days Hauzenberg
7/2 2010 With Full Force Open Air Leipzig
Sonic Syndicate has issued the following update from the recording studio:
"Hey Dudes! Thanks for joining Sonic Syndicate in the studio! We are now on day two, but don't worry we've had the cameras rolling non-stop since we arrived and I'm going to give you an update on what happened yesterday!
"DAY 1 - 'MAKING A MONSTER!' We loaded up our bus with gear until it was bursting and made our way to Bohus Sound Studios in Kungälv, Sweden early Monday morning (famed for recording music giants Europe, Abba amongst others). When got to the studio we went to work straight away as John, our drum technician and the legendary US producer Toby Wright (Kiss, Korn, Motley Crue, Slayer, Stone Sour) started creating the ultimate drum sound to make this record really pop right out of the speakers!
"So that means the rest of us just sat around with our hands down our pants, right? WRONG! With the anticipation of the new album growing we decided to constantly film footage for Sonic TV, Robin did an interview with GT/Expressen, and we're approving artwork for the new album. Its all GO, GO, GO! More...
As Taking Dawn's debut album Time To Burn nears its January 26th release date, guitarist Mikey Cross sets out to rally troops via the band's website, saying, "We need to get an army of you sexy motherfuckers jammin this shit down peoples throats! They need to know we are cumming."
Continues Cross on his address to the fans: "The album is gonna kick ur fuckin asses and we are so excited for you to hear it! Thank you soo much for all the help so far! We would still be playing in shitty Vegas bars to only our parents and friends if it wasn't for you!"
Cross promises to "See u fuckers on the road!" so catch Taking Dawn on tour with Theory of a Deadman this winter. More...
Santa Cruz CA’s tech-death metallers Decrepit Birth entered Sharkbite Studios with producer Zack Ohren to begin recording drums for their Nuclear Blast Records debut "Polarity." Guitarist Matt Sotelo commented:
"We began recording the new album Polarity on Thursday at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland California. We are happy to say that everything is going very smoothly! This is an awesome recording facility and by far the best place we have worked in yet. We started by setting up and tracking KC’s drums. With the help of engineer Zack Ohren, we are confident that this album will have our best production to date! More...
Norwegian doom metallers Syrach have issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer:
"As some of you may know, our beloved drummer Adam recently got a job in Oslo. This is about 8hrs away from Bergen by car or train or a 40 minutes flight. This makes rehearsals a drag, since he won't come over twice a week...
"So as a solution to this problem, we have started to rehearse with the wiz-kid Michael from the band NEOPLASMA. He's 17 years old, and very talented drummer and a great person as well. He will NOT replace Adam in the band, but rather help us out making new music since we need someone there to keep the rhythm. We have had two sessions with him, and two songs are now 'ready.' We will do more on these sketches when the lone traveler will make his way to Bergen. Hopefully it will be soon. So fear not, people! There are more SYRACHIAN doom, coming your way in the future!"
BARONESS’ latest video, for Blue Record’s “A Horse Called Golgotha”, is currently available as a free download courtesy of iTunes for a limited time. The “A Horse Called Golgotha” video was lensed in Savannah, GA with director Joshua Greene for The Distillery Collective. BARONESS worked with Greene previously on the band’s “Wanderlust” video from Red Album that can be viewed here.
BARONESS recently appeared on Fuel TV’s “The Daily Habit”, performing two tracks from Blue Record. Video of the band performing “A Horse Called Golgotha” and “Jake Leg” on the show can be viewed online now via the band’s Myspace.
BARONESS will kick-off their Blue Record European headlining tour starting next week in the Netherlands. A listing of tour dates and cities, including a newly added Brussels show, can be found below. More...
MISERY INDEX has issue the following statement via Myspace:
"Baltimore, MD’s MISERY INDEX has issued a couple of text and video updates from the studio as they record Heirs To Thievery, the follow-up to 2008’s Traitors. A summery of the band’s first four days at Wright Way Studios, working with engineer Steve Wright, can be found online now via Hardtimes.ca. Additional video content from the studio can also be found via the band’s Facebook page. Advance song titles from Heirs To Thievery include “Embracing Extinction”, “Heirs To Thievery”, “Fed To The Wolves”, and “Sleeping Giants”. A May 2010 release date is expected.
"MISERY INDEX has also just announced a run of US tour dates following their time in the studio. MISERY INDEX will headline three-weeks in the US, kicking things off in Poughkeepsie, NY on February 19th. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more to be announced soon.
"MISERY INDEX will also join DECAPITATED, PSYCROPTIC, and ORIGIN for an Australian and New Zealand tour this spring. A listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
"Updated MISERY INDEX news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website." More...
Universum's debut album, "Leto Destinatus," is currently available for streaming in full at www.last.fm/music/Universum.
Universum's upcoming album, "Mortuus Machina," which will be released later this year, will feature guest appearances from vocalist Christian Älvestam (ex-Scar Symmetry), guest guitar solos from Nightrage axe-men Marios Iliopoulos and Olof Mörck.
Amaranthe singer, Elize Ryd, has been added as the guest female singer on Kamelot's upcoming European tour. Amaranthe will be supporting Kamelot on the Swedish and Finnish dates.
Here are the tour dates:
Mar. 25 Charleroi, BE - Le Coliseums
Mar. 26 Tilburg, NL - O13
Mar. 27 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Mar. 28 London, UK - Koko
Mar. 31 Paris, FR - Elysée Montmartr
Apr. 01 Pratteln, CH - Z7 Konzertfabrik
Apr. 02 Montpellier, FR - Rockstore
Apr. 03 Barcelona, ES - Salamandra 1
Apr. 04 Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Apr. 07 Dortmund, DE - FZW
Apr. 08 Köln, DE - Live Music Hall
Apr. 09 Hamburg, DE - Markthalle
Apr. 10 Gothenburg, SE - Trädgårn
Apr. 11 Stockholm, SE Tyrol
Apr. 13 Helsinki, FI - Nosturi
Apr. 14 Tampere, FI - Pakkahuone
Apr. 16 Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Apr. 17 Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Fans of extreme metal music in Europe are set to be in for a huge treat in May when three of the most popular bands in the field will be teaming up for the Unholy Titans tour. Florida based death metal legends Deicide will be headlining the trek and they will be joined by Swedish black metal outfit Marduk and Polish death metal veterans Vader. There will also be other bands joining the trio on select dates, though no names have been confirmed as of yet.
The tour dates are as follows:
May 13 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Open Air Switzerland
May 14 - Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air Germany
May 15 - Mining am Inn, Austria - Metalfest Open Air Austria
May 16 - Strasbourg, France - Laiterie
May 17 - Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy - Rock And Roll Arena
May 18 - Rome, Italy - Blackout
May 19 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
May 20 - Nova, Slovenia - Gorica Mostovna*
May 21 - Budapest, Hungary - Metalfest Open Air Hungary
May 22 - Krakow, Poland - Studio
May 23 - Pilsen, Czech Republic - Metalfest Open Air Czech
Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura has announced that they will be re-releasing their latest studio album, "A-Lex" later this year, with two bonus tracks added. They will also be filming a new live DVD. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Some Sepultura news for you guys...
"New A-LEX songs? - Yes. SPV will re-release A-LEX in April with two brand new songs. The songs were recorded during the A-LEX recording session but were not released. Collectors out there, be warned.
"DVD plans - Sepultura plans to record a DVD in 2010. It will feature live footage from the upcoming tour in Europe (check the dates below). And they might also shoot more live stuff joined by an orchestra."
French metal band Nightmare has announced the following tour and festival dates:
01/17 - Le Ferrailleur - Nantes, France
01/24 - Le Grillen - Colmar, France
02/20 - WinterNachtTraum Festival - Arnsberg-Oeventrop, Germany
03/13 - Gomorah Fest - Bordeaux, France
07/24 - Woodstock Festival - Borkovany, Chez Republic
08/06 - Wacken Open Air Festival - Wacken, Germany
Oct 9 - Evening Of Metal Festival - Saint Dizier, France
Italian metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse has announced that they will enter 16th Cellar Studios next week to record their new EP called "MAFIA."
Bassist Paolo Rossi comments, "We can't wait to spread this new material around, these new songs sond more epic than ever, faster and violent as well; so get ready for a new blast of classical insanity! Moreover, that's the first effort of the new line up and we're very excited about that."
Recording line-up will be as follows:
Tommaso Riccardi - Lead Vocals, Guitars
Paolo Rossi - Vocals, Bass
Cristiano Trionfera - Vocals, Guitars
Francesco Paoli - Drums, Guitars and Vocals
Francesco Ferrini - Piano
New Jersey black metal band Mortum has posted 4 new live videos from their show on January 9th at The Backstage in Edison, NJ. watch the videos here.
German metal band Grave Digger has issued the following update:
"An eventful year 2009 lies behind us. It started with the release of the 'Ballads Of A Hangman' album together with the successful European tour. Then the split with Thilo [Herrmann, guitar]... Another successful trip to Russia. The festival season in summer with the Rock Harz festival and the Wacken Rocks South. Our first shows in Mexico and then finally Manni [Schmidt, guitar] leaving the band, that was a real big shock to us all."
"We had already booked some concerts [before] the end of the year and we didn't want to cancel them. So we decided to play the shows with a substitute guitarist." More...
Stratovarius has announced a couple of signing sessions in France, in Paris and Tolouse. The details are as follows:
Paris, January 12 at Gibert Odeon @ 17:30
Tolouse, January 13, FNAC @ 17:30.
After a seven year hiatus, Black Plague Records is returning. Here's an update from the label:
"In honor of the forthcoming Sewer Goddess CD (With Dirt You Are One), I'm proud to announce the rebirth of Black Plague. It's been a full 7 years since the last release (Muskel's Seven Days of Pain CD), and what better way to have it resurrected than with some ultra grim and hopeless death industrial/power electronics from this Boston based cult project. Two tracks posted on the new myspace page, which you can access and add here: www.myspace.com/blackplagve.
"I'm not going to say it'll be the most prolific of side labels, but much like it's original intent, it will be an outlet for things of a, let's say, less polished nature than what you might expect out of Malignant. Grindcore and crust aren't necessarily out of the question, but that's getting ahead of myself. For now, wallow in the filth that is Sewer Goddess. Expect a late January release."
Black/death metallers DIMENTIANON have posted a live video from December 16th, 2009 at Gramercy Theater in NYC. Watch the footage below: