Metal News for January 13, 2011
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It is being reported that Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx A.M.) and Denise Richards are no longer dating and have split. The uncomfortable part of this breakup is that they are neighbors. There can’t be a worse feeling than stepping out to grab the morning newspaper, and looking over to see a Porsche in Richard’s driveway with a license plate that reads SHEEN… More...
In recent years, New York doom metal act Batillus has transformed from an unsigned instrumental entity to a full group signed to Seventh Rule Recordings with a new vocalist. The band has been busy contributing tracks to new split albums, including a recent vinyl split with Hallowed Butchery, as well as working on a full-length release. Members Geoff Summers, Fade Kainer, and Greg Peterson filled me in on what's been going on with Batillus recently and where audiences can expect to be battered to pieces by the band's massive sound. More...
Due to recent, inclement weather and widespread black ice, Kylesa's scheduled tour kickoff in Atlanta, GA will now be postponed until January 31st at The Earl. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. Now kicking-off by default in the band's home town of Savannah GA at The Jinx, the tour will be Kylesa's first headlining run in support of the new Season of Mist release, "Spiral Shadow." Support will be provided on the two legs of the tour by Zoroaster (Jan 14 - Jan 20), Rosetta (Jan 21 - Jan 29), and Fight Amp opening all dates.
"Spiral Shadow" was recorded at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC last summer. The eleven-track album was once again produced by band member and producer Phillip Cope (Baroness, Withered, Dark Castle).
The upcoming Kylesa tour dates are as follows:
01/14/11 The Jinx, Savannah GA w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/15/11 Backbooth, Orlando FL w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/16/11 Brass Mug, Tampa FL w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/18/11 New Brookland Tavern, W. Columbia SC w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/19/11 Kings, Raleigh NC w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/20/11 Black Cat, Washington DC w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/21/11 31st St Pub, Pittsburgh PA w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/22/11 Wreck Room, Toronto ON w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/23/11 Time To Laugh, Kingston ON w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/24/11 Il Motore, Montreal QC w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/25/11 Great Scott, Allston MA w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/26/11 Santos, New York NY w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/27/11 North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/28/11 The Southern, Charlottesville VA w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/29/11 Oasis, Charleston SC w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/31/11 The Earl, Atlanta GA w/Fight Amp
The New Haven, CT based black metal band Ipsissimus is currently putting the finishing touches on the band’s Metal Blade debut, "The Way of Descent," which will be released in the spring.
Drummer Haimatokharmes has just issued the following update: "Ipsissimus' debut album with Metal Blade will be entitled The Way of Descent - the title aims to encapsulate the lyrical matter of the new songs, which deal with various katagogic themes in Gnostic, Luciferian, and Merkavah traditions as applied to Left Hand ethics and praxis. We finished the recording in October and the beginning of November at Sonic Environments Studios with our 'sonic alchemist,' (producer and mixer) Jeff Weed.
"It's an interesting sound, at turns raw and filthy, yet also warm and spacious, which I suppose is fitting for hymns to the abyss. Expect some traditional black, melodic riffage à la the 'Fatima' material as well as the occasional avant-garde element - I believe this will be the first black metal album to employ a waterphone."
Ipsissimus will be providing direct support for Toxic Holocaust on Jan. 13th, 2011, at Daniel St. in Milford, CT. The band will also be taking part in day one of Boston's "No Life Fest" at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Saturday, March 5th and playing the Union Pool in Brooklyn, NY with The Secret and The Funeral Pyre on Sunday, March 27.
In Episode 4 of JagerTV, Hellyeah talks about being a part of the Jägermeister Music Tour, the other bands on the tour, and what kind of party to expect on the road. The video clip can be viewed below. The 2011 Jägermeister Music Tour features headliners Buckcherry, with Hellyeah as direct support, and special guests All That Remains and The Damned Things. The trek launches January 19th in San Diego, CA and wraps February 24th in Atlanta, GA.
As We Fight has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Midtjysk Metal Mayhem festival:
"We have been confirmed for Midtjysk Metal Mayhem on February 5th among our friends in Hatesphere, The Psyke Project and Blood Label.
"It will be our first show with Laurits on vocals, and we will make sure to throw some of the new songs into the set list. We hope to see you there!"
Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.
Waste of Denial has issued the following announcement about the recording process for the band's new EP:
"Hey all you dedicated metal-fans! We're happy to inform you that the EP is almost done, with only vocals remaining. The only thing that sucks is that Alex had to move the studio elsewhere cause the neighbors were complaining too much.. motherfuckers.
"But fear not, cause they've already found a new place to hold the studio in so vocals should be recorded anytime during this coming week, and the EP should be done by the end of this month. Stay brutal!"
France's Ouroboros has issued the following announcement about streaming songs online from the band's new album "Shedding Skin:"
"Promo CD entitled 'Shedding Skin' has just been mastered on January 6th 2011! Listen to 2 complete tracks and 3 extracts in our jukebox, enjoy the brutality. Available now from Snakebite productions mailorder and merch stands! This CD had been partially mixed back in 2008, lead vocals were recorded session by Ash due to the singer's departure. Also the CD had never got into a mastering process. Bband founder and drummer Ash is back in South of France after more than 4 years spent 1000 kilometers away in North of France."
The new songs can be heard at this location.
Scottland's Concept of Time recently announced the departure of guitarist Andy Thomson. Concept of Time has now issued the following update about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"Alan will be playing his last show with Concept of time at Breastfest (breast cancer awareness charity show) in Dundee at Dexters on the 11th Feb. We have not closed the door on ever working with Alan again completely but in the present this is the best decision for both parties and although it comes as quite a sad situation for us we respect Alan's decision and thank him for all his efforts in Concept of time.
"As a result Concept of time are now looking for a bassist in or around the Glasgow Area or able to travel, must have own gear to professional standard and most importantly be able to play the material on all CD's. We are only looking for serious dedicated musicians, timewasters need not apply."
Alan also commented:
"I'm sorry to say, that I am going to have to leave Concept of Time. This was a really hard decision for me to make, but in the end, the best thing for both Concept of Time and myself. With their many upcoming tour dates and my very full college schedule it makes it really impossible for me to continue my roll as bass player for the band. There is no hard feelings between any of us and it has been ridiculous amounts of fun both playing and working with Tom and Phil. I wish the band all the success and luck in the future. Not that they need it really, the new material really speaks volumes about the both the talent and dedication of those who created it. More importantly though they're awesome songs people deserve to hear. Personally I cant wait hear the final mixes. Also thank you to anyone who came to see us play and all those who support Concept of Time, that has made it really special to play with the band, and all the harder to leave.'
Relapse Records recently announced that Death's seventh and final album "The Sound of Perseverance" will see its official re-issue on February 15th in North America (February 21 internationally).
The re-issue has been remastered and includes unreleased demo material. Relapse Records has now posted the updated cover artwork for the album online, which can be viewed at this location. The artwork was enhanced by original cover artist Travis Smith.
Dying Fetus is currently streaming the upcoming re-issues of the band's 1995 demo collection "Infatuation With Malevolence" and debut album "Purification Through Violence" online now in their entirety. The releases can be heard at this location.
Both "Infatuation With Malevolence" and "Purification Through Violence" will be released next Tuesday, January 18th. The re-issues have been re-mastered and re-packaged to include new liner notes with never-before-seen photography and bonus tracks.
Re-issues of "Killing On Adrenaline" (1998) and "Grotesque Impalement" (1999) will follow in early March. "Killing On Adrenaline" will include two bonus tracks while "Grotesque Impalement" will feature three un-released tracks.
Argentina based folk metal act Tengwar has issued the following brief update about mixing a new album:
"New album, The Halfling Forth Shall Stand... Mixing sessions already finished! Release is at hand, will be meeting very soon on the field!"
You can also check out Tengwar's music via the band's official MySpace page. Additional details on the new Tengwar album will be announced as they are made available.
American heavy metal outfit Darkest Hour has posted a new song online entitled "Savor The Kill." You can check it out by heading to NoiseCreep.com. The song comes from the band's forthcoming new album, "The Human Romance," which will be released on February 22nd through eOne Music. The band has also revealed the tracklisting for the record, which is as follows:
"The World Engulfed In Flames"
"Savor The Kill"
"Man And Swine"
"Love As A Weapon"
"Your Every Day Disaster"
"Violent By Nature"
'Beyond The Life You Know"
Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of the song "Scumbag In Disguise" from Denver-based thrashers Havok. You can check it out in the player below. The track is off the band's upcoming new full-length entitled "Time Is Up," which is slated for a March 29th release via Candlelight Records. The album, a follow-up to "Burn" (reviewed here), was mastered by James Murphy and features ten tracks of pure thrash.
As previously announced, Havok will be supporting Malevolent Creation on an upcoming U.S. tour, alongside Full Blown Chaos, The Absence, and Beyond Terror Beyond Grace.
Here's the complete tracklisting for Havok's "Time Is Up:"
1. Prepare For Attack
2. Fatal Intervention
3. No Amnesty
5. Covering Fire
6. Killing Tendencies
7. Scumbag In Disguise
8. The Cleric
9. Out Of My Way
10. Time Is Up
According to Plastic Head, the distributor of Burzum material, the notorious one man black metal band featuring Varg Vikernes will be releasing a new album on March 7th. You can view the front cover artwork below. The album will be entitled "Fallen" and has been likened to the previous Burzum record, "Det Som Engan Var."
Speaking on the album, Vikernes stated: "Musically Fallen is like a cross between Belus and something new, inspired more by the debut album and Det Som Engan Var than by Hvis Lyset Tar Oss or Filosofem. The sound is more dynamic – we mastered the album as if it was classical music – and I was more experimental than I was on Belus in all respects. Lyric wise it is similar to the debut album, in the way that it is more personal and focuses on existential issues, but the mythological undertone known from Belus is still there. I have also included some ambient tracks – a short introduction and a longer conclusion."
The tracklisting is as follows: More...
In March of 2010, Spanish black metal act Gothmog announced the recruitment of Elias Redón "Modgud" on vocals and Jose Antonio Quiles "Aspherion" as keyboardist. The band has now issued the following announcement parting ways with Modgud:
"Unfortunately, we have to announce that the band has decided to go ahead without Modgud due to incompatibility with his personal affairs. We wish him very luck in his future projects. Brother, you will always be part of the history of Gothmog.
"Currently the new album is finished and recorded, in the absence of finding someone to deal with the voices. Anyone interested?"
Additional details on the band's new album "Aeons of Deception" can be found at this location.
Tuck From Hell has issued the following announcement about two upcoming live shows:
"On April 8th Tuck from Hell will play a gig at the great venue Rockefeller in Oslo. We we play as opening act for Astral Doors. Really looking forward to this one!
"Also on January 28th we will take part in an awesome Heavy Metal-themed night of bowling on our home turf in Falun. Tuck from Hell will play live and the speaker system will be blasting metal all night. See ya there!"
Tuck From Hell also recently posted a new song online title "Death Before Disco."
Six Reasons To Kill has posted a video clip online for the song "My Bitterness," which can be viewed below.
The band is also set to release the new album "Architects Of Perfection" on January 28, 2011. Information on a recently announced record release show can be found here.
Bodies in Barbwire has issued the following announcement about contributing songs for an upcoming split release:
"I've been talking to a good Bro of mine and we have decided to bring BTK and BiB to the underground on one disc! The split will feature 5 tracks form BiB and 5 from BTK, 10 tracks total. (May Change) These tracks featured on the split will be new tracks from both BTK and BiB!
"This will be the first chance to get ahold of these tracks on disc! This will be BiB's first split! I just don't put my seal of approval on anything unless it represents myself and BiB well. This is going to be a pretty sick split so dont miss this Brutal release from two viciously Brutal bands on one disc! More info as things progress. Spread the word and Support the Underground! (Things are still in the works and subject to change)."
Thanatoschizo has posted a new video blog online from the recording of the band's new album "Origami," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"ThanatoSchizO has just posted the fourth and last short video portraying Origami's recording, their fifth album. The vlog focuses on the song RAWoid, which features many guests and highlights the voices, the balalaica, the cavaquinho and the percussions."
Bay Area based heavy metal outfit Hostility has announced that the band will be disbanding. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"After 14 years, eight releases, hundreds of shows, countless miles traveled, and many, many great times… and bottles of whiskey, Hostility has decided to disband. We would sincerely like to thank each and every one of you ragers out there that have supported Hostility through the years.
"We have some of the rowdiest, craziest fans out there and have had such a great time, we never would have made it this far without you, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. This is the end of Hostility, but not the end of our musical careers, keep an eye out in the future for new projects!"
Additional details on members forming new projects will be announced as they are made available.
A new video trailer has been posted online promoting the forthcoming 2011 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. While no bands have been announced several sites are citing the following bands and acts that are rumored to appear: Disturbed, Megadeth, Godsmack
In Flames, Trivium, Machine Head and Unearth. An official announcement is expected shortly.
California hardcore act Nails has announced three exclusive live dates set to take place on the east coast of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Burning Love, All Pigs Must Die and New Lows. Nails will also be appearing at the 2011 edition of the Maryland Deathfest. You can view the confirmed dates, cities and venues below:
3/31/2011 Great Scott - Boston, MA
4/01/2011 Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY
4/02/2011 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA
5/27/2011 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD
American alternative hard rock act Hollywood Undead has posted the following update concerning the release of its second album "American Tragedy:"
"Been a long time, were out of the studio, done recording, beat the shit out of ourselves to make sure our second record is better then our first. [It] Was hard but we finally finished it and are ready to release our first song, Da Kurlzz cried when we finished it harder then he did when he lost his virginity on leave from the navy on a beach in Germany. The song is called ‘Hear Me Now.’ One of my favorite songs we’ve ever written."
American alternative metal act Ill Nino has revealed the first batch of dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support acts are expected to be announced shortly. You can view the confirmed dates, venues and cities below:
Mar. 12 - London, England - Kick Out The Jams Festival
Mar. 13 - Reading, England - Sub 89
Mar. 14 - Manchester, England - Moho Live
Mar. 15 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut's
Mar. 17 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
Mar. 18 - Prestatyn, Wales - Hammerfest
Mar. 19 - Nuneaton, England - Queens Hall
Mar. 20 - Cardiff, Wales - Millenium Music Hall
Mar. 21 - Brighton, England - Concorde 2
Mar. 23 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
Mar. 24 - Cologne, Germany - Essenfabrik
Mar. 25 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
Mar. 26 - Leer, Germany - Zollhaus
Mar. 27 - Braunschweig, Germany - Meir Music Hall
Mar. 28 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
Mar. 30 - Berlin, Germany - SO36
Mar. 31 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser Club
Apr. 02 - Ravenna, Italy - Planet Rock
Apr. 03 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
Apr. 05 - Vienna, Austria - Szene Vienna
Apr. 06 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
Apr. 07 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
Apr. 08 - Frankfurt, Germany - Ostend
Porcupine Tree mainman Steven Wilson is preparing to release his third album under the collaboration name Blackfield. Blackfield is the project between Wilson and Israeli rock icon Aviv Geffen. The new album, titled "Welcome to my DNA," will be released in late March of 2011 though Atlantic Records/Snapper Music and will be fully supported by a European and United States tour. "Welcome to my DNA" is the follow up to 2007's "Blackfield II."
Finnish melodic metal act Children of Bodom has posted its new single online. The single, titled "Was It Worth It?" is taken from the band's forthcoming studio album "Relentless Reckless Forever." "Relentless Reckless Forever" is set for release on March 8, 2011 through the band's new major label home Universal Music. You can stream the new single below:
Swedish hard rock act Coldspell has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The album, titled "Out From The Cold," was mixed by Tommy Hansen and will see its release on February 25th through Escape Music. Coldspell also recently posted a video online for the song "Heroes," which can be found here.
You can view the album's tracklisting below:
2. Run For Your Life
3. One In A Million
4. Six Feet Under
6. Save Our Souls
7. The King
9. Seven Wonders
10. Angel Eyes
11. Heading For Tomorrow
12. Out From The Cold
Quality live footage has made its way online featuring Vancouver, Canada sludge metal act Ancients. The footage was captured during the band's Dec 31, 2010 performance at Brandiz Pub in Vancouver. You can view the live performance footage in the player below.
In other news, Ancients has announced the details for its forthcoming, as-yet-untitled, debut EP. The EP is set to feature two tracks, recorded in separate sessions, and will see its release in early 2011. The tracklisting for the effort is as follows:
2. Built to Die
Chris - Guitar/Vocals
Kenny - Guitar/Vocals
Boon - Bass
Mike - Drums
You can keep track of the band's activities through its official Myspace page.
Extreme instrumental metal act Blotted Science, featuring guitarist Ron Jarzombek and bassist Alex Webster alongside drummer Hannes Grossmann, has issued the following update on the recording of its new EP "The Animation Of Entomology."
"This concept started to take shape in June of '08 when Blotted Science got together for the first time to rehearse and threw ideas around for a second CD. We wanted to score some kind of creepy horror film, and so something was definitely abuzz…
"The idea of writing music that syncs up perfectly with clips of disgusting insects and other creepy creatures was set in motion.
"After working with close to a dozen movie clips, it became apparent that to do a full-length CD, it would take far too long to complete. You need to take in the fact that we are writing exclusively with a 12-tone system 100% of the time, so things get very detailed, nitpicky and restricted. On the timing side of things... counts, measures, time signatures and note subdivisions also now have to conform to frames per second and more importantly match and coincide with what is onscreen. Throw out any semblance of verses and choruses too while you're at it. Rather than have musical sections last a series of measures, some full sections now last just a few counts.
"I've scored music to film before with Spastic Ink's 'A Wild Hare' and 'The Cereal Mouse', and Alex and I have written with a specific 12-tone system on the first Blotted Science CD, 'The Machinations Of Dementia', but putting these two together has been brutally intense.
"Will all of this be too much for fans to take in? We shall see… literally…
"The EP entitled 'The Animation Of Entomology' will contain seven new Blotted Science songs, and will be approximately 24 minutes long. Hannes will be going into Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany on January 31, 2011, with V. Santura engineering, and is now preparing for the session. Alex is recording his bass tracks at his Hell Whole Studios in Tampa, and I am locked away in my Live Oak Studios here in San Antonio. If all goes well, we should have everything recorded in a few months."
Heavy metallers Powerwolf have announced that they will be taking part in this year's edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, set to take place between July 7-9, 2011 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany.
The confirmed line-up includes:
END OF GREEN
HAIL OF BULLETS
THE NEW BLACK
Southeast Asian grind metal act Wormrot has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming full length album "Dirge." The album will see is release in North America on May 3 through Earache Records. You can view the "Dirge" tracklisting below:
1. No One Gives A Shit
2. Compulsive Disposition
3. All Go No Emo
4. Public Display Of Infection
5. Overpowered Violence
6. Semiconcious Godsize Dumbass
7. Spot A Pathetic
8. Evolved Into Nothing
9. Butt Krieg Is Showing
10. Fucking Fierce So What
11. Ferocious Bombardment
12. Principle Of The Puppet Warfare
13. Deceased Occupation
14. Waste Of Time
15. Stench Of Ignorance
16. Meteor To The Face
17. Addicts Of Misery
18. You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem
19. Erased Existence
20. Back Stabber Mission Aborted
21. Destruct The Bastards
22. Plunged Into Illusions
24. A Dead Issue
25. The Final Insult
New Jersey symphonic metal act Operatika has announced that it will perform at this year's edition of the Metal Female Voices Fest, set to take place between October 21-23, 2011 at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium.
The confirmed line-up now inludes:
DIABULUS IN MUSICA
STREAM OF PASSION
TRAIL OF TEARS
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
Swedish brutal death metal act Volturyon has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming full length release. The new album, titled "Coordinated Mutilation," is the follow-up to 2008's "Blood Cure" and will see its release in February, 2011 through United Guttural Records and will feature the following tracklisting:
1. Bloodsoaked Solution
2. Savage Gluttony
3. Eight Corner of Slaughter
4. Euphoria Through Execution
6. Coordinated Mutilation
7. Abide under Eminence
8. Sadistic Molestation
10. Intense Convulsions
We Are The Fallen guitarist Ben Moody has posted the following update online, announcing the band's forthcoming "Cirque Des Damnés" event:
"In about 10 days, on January 22 at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California at 7:00 p.m., I'm producing a circus called Cirque Des Damnés, which translates into 'Circus Of The Damned,' and it's just that. It's going to be a carnival-style event thrown into the unpredictability of a rock and roll show — bigger than we've ever done before. There are going to be aerial acts and old-school freakshow freaks, there's going to be a burlesque show and a woman is going to swallow a very big balloon and then bring it back up.
"I can't promise this is a family-friendly show, but what I can promise you is that you will never see anything quite like tonight. So, please, if there was ever a time you were going to travel for a show, we need people here to experience this night, this would be the one — this is the one that will make your drive worth it. Carpool, bring some friends, we're gonna be giving stuff away, it's gonna be amazing."
Perth, Australia extreme metal act Khariot has revealed the details for its forthcoming full length album. The album, titled "Disymposium," will feature eleven tracks which were recorded at Southern Darkness Recordings beween July and November 2010. You can view the album's tracklisting below:
1. Malediction Eclipse
2. Upon Thy Mortal Throne
3. Crimson Sanctorum
4. The Hermit
5. Spectral Monarchy
6. Dimension Shift
7. Cacophony Of The Insane
8. Cerebral Continuum
10. ...Of Frail Entanglements
American melodic hard rock act A Day To Remember has posted video footage online from its recent performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. The band performed its latest single, "All I Want," which is taken from its 2010 release "What Separates Me From You." You can view the performance below:
French Canadian technical death metal act Neuraxis has revealed the details for its forthcoming full length album. The album, titled "Asylon," is set for release on February 15, 2011 through Prosthetic Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below:
3. Savior And Destroyer
4. By The Flesh
10. Left To Devour
Extreme hardcore act Ringworm has announced that it will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its "Birth is Pain" album by performing it in its entirety on its forthcoming tour of the United States. The band will also be performing a second set of other Ringworm material.
The dates include:
03/15 Cincinnati, OH – Fogartys
03/16 Nashville, TN – Rocketown
03/17 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music
03/18 Austin, TX – SXSW
03/19 Tulsa, OK – Reverb (feat. Bitter End)
03/20 St Louis, MO – Fubar Lounge
03/21 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
Melodic hardcore act Farewell To Freeway has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Liquor? I Don't Even Know 'Er" which is taken from its newly released album "Filthy Habits." You can view the video below:
Space thrashers Gwar have announced that it will be hitting the road once again to decimate cities across Across. The band are currently wrapping up its 25th year anniversary tour and are on the road to promote its 2010 release "Blood Pit Of Horror" which you can read a review of at this location. The full list of dates, cities and venues can be viewed below:
02/17 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
02/18 Allentown PA – Crocodile Rock
02/19 Millvale PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
02/20 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/21 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
02/22 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
02/23 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
02/24 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
02/25 Richmond, VA – The National
Norwegian death metallers Execration have posted a new track online. The newly uploaded song "Left In Scorn" is currently available for streaming via the official Execration MySpace profile. "Left In Scorn" is from the band's upcoming second full-length album "Odes Of The Occult." Execration also previously commented on the new album:
"'Odes of the Occult' will contain 9 tracks of vicious, evil death metal on double 12" vinyl. It parts with the percussive style of previous releases in favor of a wider set of influences drawing from death metal, doom and cult black metal. In 50+ minutes, 'Odes of the Occult' will make your ears bleed from dark, brutal doom-laced death metal chemically cleansed of any 'modern' death metal tricks.
"With 'Odes of the Occult,' we have has also added more diverse vocals in addition to our traditional guttural growls, giving our musical universe a new dimension. The resulting album is a definite step ahead from previous releases."
The Beat has posted a new video interview online with Dan Donegan and Mike Wengren from Disturbed. The video clip can be viewed below.
Pharaoh has checked in with the following update about upcoming new releases:
"The EP is done, mixed, mastered, laid out, ready to rock. Not sure when it will be out, but I'm guessing March or April? It's been too damned long, but what can you do?
"P4 is underway. Drums were recorded last summer, before a rash of baby births put Pharaoh and its extended family into deep freeze for a while. But, the kids've gotta learn about metal sooner or later, so it's back on the horse for us. Rhythm guitars were tracked this past weekend, and in an unusually quick turnaround for this band, vocal sessions begin this coming weekend.
"That said, there is a LOT to be done yet: clean and acoustic guitars, melody guitars, solos, bass, and of course singing, so we're not going to be done anytime soon, but the album will definitely come out in 2011, probably in the early fall (September would be nice.) And then, god-willing, we might actually do a proper US tour. But, don't hold your breath for that one. Keep your fingers crossed, if you're gonna do anything."
Stratovarius recently announced that drummer Jorg Michael underwent surgery due to having thyroid cancer. The band has now issued the following announcement about canceling French dates due to member Timo Kotipelto becoming ill:
"Well, the good news is that we're back on the road with Helloween. And Jörg Michael is back in his drum chair after his brush with death. The bad news is that Timo Kotipelto caught some sort of bacterial infection. We suspect it was something from the backstage food in December, but we don't know. Two of the other people on the tour had the same thing: a very bad dysentery-like stomach infection with vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, also eventually had to go to hospital, etc.
"Timo's infection is stubborn and in addition to ruining his Christmas break, it has dried out his vocal cords. In his own words, he can't sing a note at the moment. We are currently in France and so far we had to cancel playing in Paris and Lyon. We are of course very sorry about this, and nobody is more heartbroken or frustrated than Timo himself. Apart from heeding the advice from doctors we are in touch with, the only thing we can do at the moment is to hope Timo gets better. We will ride the 1000 km to Bilbao tonight and hopefully we will all get some sleep on the nice smooth French motorways. Here is a short video about the Paris cancellation and some words from Jörg."