Metal News for January 15, 2011
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Zakk Wylde makes a guest appearance on "Californication" this Sunday, January 16th. Tune in to SHOWTIME at 9:00PM, ET/PT to witness Wylde make his premium cable acting debut. "Californication" stars David Duchovny in his Golden Globe®-winning role as hedonistic novelist Hank Moody who struggles to raise his teenage daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin), while still carrying a torch for his ex-girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone). Zakk Wylde is no stranger to acting, having appeared in the 2001 film, "Rock Star" with Mark Wahlberg, and more recently in the independent film, "Bones."
After a well-documented time of trials and tribulations, 2010 was a good year for Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society. Early in the year, Wylde received the "Best Guitarist" Award at the Revolver 2010 Golden God Awards Presented By Epiphone. In August, the first new Black Label Society album in four years was released. "Order of the Black" (Entertainment One Music) debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, while Wylde graced the covers of both Revolver and Guitar World.
Lord Volture, who just released their debut album, "Beast Of Thunder," in June 2010, is working on their sophomore effort already. The band plans to head to the studio in March and April 2011 to record their second full-length, which will be titled "Never Cry Wolf." It is not
known yet when and how the album will be released, but you can hear some the new
material in the form of two instrumental demo samples on the band's MySpace player.
American metalcore act August Burns Red has revealed a small batch of tour dates set to take place across Europe. You can view the full list of confirmed dates, cities and venues below with more to be announced in the coming weeks:
05/30 Moscow, RUS – Club Tochka
05/31 St. Petersburg, RUS – Glav Club
06/01 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
06/07 Athens, GRE – Kyttaro Club
06/08 Istanbul, TUR – Balans
Swedish death metallers Insision have posted a new song from their upcoming EP, "End Of All," which is due later in the year via Sevared Records. The new track "Beckoning" can be heard here. The CD was recorded at Off Beat Studio in Stockholm with engineer Anders Erikssonand and features the following track listing:
5. Ex Oblivione
Cam Pipes from 3 Inches Of Blood shared his thoughts on the band's upcoming tour with Eluveitie:
"This is gonna be an interesting tour for us. We’re used to being on tours with metalcore/screamo bands and we stick out like a sore thumb. This tour, I think we’ll share more musical similarities with the other bands and therefore will be playing to a more like-minded crowd. At the same time, each band brings something unique to the tour. I’m predicting all the bands will get along famously. This should be a treat for our fans too ‘cause they’ll be seeing us with styles of bands that we aren’t mached up with too often!"
Eluveitie also commented:
"Thank you Cam Pipes, and we agree: This is going to be a blast. We’d like to add for anyone thinking the package is a little weird: If you’ve ever seen any of the bands live imagine that energy times four and you know what to expect on this tour and why it fits just right." More...
British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe at the end of March in support of their forthcoming new studio album, "Sounds Of Violence." The trek is being dubbed the "Scream For Violence Tour," and will feature supporting performances from Suidakra and Debauchery.
The tour dates are as follows:
March 31 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
April 1 - Arhus, Denmark - Voxhall
April 2 - Göteborg, Sweden - Parken
April 3 - Stockholm, Sweden - Huset
April 6 - Turku, Finland - Klubi
April 7 - Helsinki, Finland - DOM
April 8 - Tampere, Finland - tba
April 9 - Tallin, Estonia - Tapper
April 10 - Riga, Latvia - Melna Piektdiena
April 11 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Club New York
April 16 - München, Germany - Backstage
April 17 - Prattlen, Switzerland - Z7
April 19 - Darmstadt, Germany - Steinbruch Theater
April 20 - Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club
April 21 - Essen, Germany - Turock
U.S. based Christian black metal act Frost Like Ashes has posted all four video clips online from the band's 2006 DVD release "Live in Omaha." The video clips for "Of Spirit and Power," "Shattered Gods," "Rose Colored Stain Glass Window," and "Lord of Darkness" can be viewed via the Frost Like Ashes Facebook page. You can also check out several Frost Like Ashes tracks available for streaming the band's MySpace profile.
Guitarist Anders Bertilsson of Coldworker has issued the following update about the band's current recording process:
"This time around we're recording guitars using my Peavey 5150 amp, as well as a line signal. I think it'll turn out great, but it's hard work! We've been doing evening shifts all week, as well as two full day shifts. We've still got four songs to go, but at least we're making good progress. Recording really puts your playing skills to the test, and most of time it kicks your self confidence to the gutter. I feel that my playing is at its best when we play live, and adrenaline kicks in. I'm actually not that much of a fan of the recording process. I use a Jackson WRXT for the recording of this album. Jackson guitars is the way to go, and the fact that I'm not using a USA made Jackson should prove that they're solid. More to come, some videoclips and additional pictures. I should probably add that I'm stoked to hear the final result, and I think it'll turn out to be a solid record!"
Daniel Schröder also commented:
"As Anders mentioned, we've been tracking 10 out of 14 songs this week and following is a list of what songs we managed to complete each day:
Day 1, Monday Jan 3 - The Walls of Eryx
Day 2, Tuesday Jan 4 - Monochrome Existence
Day 3, Wednesday Jan 5 - Flesh World
Day 4, Thursday Jan 6 - The Phantom Carriage, Living is Suffering and Violent Society.
Day 5, Friday Jan 7 - Murderous
Day 6, Saturday Jan 8 - Day off
Day 7, Sunday Jan 9 - Becoming the Stench, The Reprobate and the cover for the Japanese edition. More...
Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal Viper has posted videos online of the band's last live show, which took place in Katowice, Poland, on January 9th, 2011. The "official bootleg" from Katowice, can be viewed in the clips below.
Denmark's The Kandidate has issued the following brief update about appearing at this year's edition of the Elsrock Festival: "We have been confirmed for Elsrock Festival in Holland, August 27th 2011. Good times!" You can find more information on the festival at this location.
The currently confirmed bands are as follows:
Legion of the Damned
After announcing the departure of drummer Olle Töpe, Sweden's One Without has issued the following update about recruiting a new member:
"We are very glad to announce that we have found our new drummer. His name is Joseph Astorga, from Gothenburg, Sweden. Some of you might recognize him from his other band Minora and from his former band Despite. Aside from these bands he has also played in a number of other great bands throughout the years.
"Joseph has been a good friend of ours throughout the years and we couldn't be happier that he is the one to fill the position as drummer in One Without. He is without exaggerating a very talented and creative drummer and will no doubt help us achieve all we aim for and more."
Joseph also commented: "I am really excited about joining my good friends in One Without.
When Kenny first asked me to try out I wasn't 100% convinced to be honest. I didn't know if I would fit in with One Without and their kind of music. But when we sat down in the rehearsal studio, listening to their new material and started beating the drums I really felt a combination of adrenaline and awesome tunes flowing through my ears, it was awesome!
"Their commitment to the band and fighting spirit really inspire me to develop and grow as a drummer. And I'm looking forward to an awesome time in One Without and I hope I can help them take their sound to the next level! Peace out!"
Hungarian folk metal band DALRIADA has announced that their new album, "Ígéret," will be released on February 18th. The band has also revealed the cover art and track listing, which is as follows:
03. Hozd el, Isten
04. Mennyei Harang
06. Igazi Tuz
07. Kinizsi Mulatsága
08. A Hadak Útja
09. Leszek a Csillag
10. Leszek a Hold (feat. Jonne Järvelä/Korpiklaani)
Unsigned Australian progressive thrash metal band Darker Half will be going into the studio on Jan 22nd to begin recording material for the follow up to their debut album "Duality." Watch the band's music video for the song, "Helpless," below:
Most widely recognized for his saxophone and vocal work fronting Chicago act Yakuza, Bruce Lamont has also contributed to a wide-range of other diverse projects including Circle of Animals with Sanford Parker, Decayist with Blake Judd of Nachmystium, Sick Gazelle with Eric Block and Sanford Parker among many others. He's also known for contributing his skills to acts such as Sigh, East West Blast Test, Minsk, Nachtmystium, Rabid Rabbit, Poison Arrows, Sectara, Brutal Truth, Hex Machine and more, including a new project called Bloodiest as well as touring with Led Zeppelin tribute act Led Zeppelin II. On top of all that, Bruce is preparing to release his debut solo album "Feral Songs for the Epic Decline" (reviewed here).
Despite his extremely busy and hectic schedule, Bruce was kind enough to sit down with Metalunderground.com during a New York stop on his tour with Led Zeppelin II and discussed many things from his debut solo album to working with other bands and what inspires him to create music each and every day. More...
Polish death metal veterans Vader have posted the following update online;
"The band is about to prepare for recording of the newest studio album 'Welcome To The Morbid Reich.' For a long time I've been thinking about new tracks and the album concept; more and more things start to be clear. For the most part I'd like Spider (Marek Pajak - guitars) to take part in the process of album creation. I also have in mind relating to the good old times with a new layout for the album. I met with Zbyszek Bielak, a very talented artist, who will design the new layout, merchandise and scenic elements. Zbyszek has already worked with such bands as Watain, Absu, Behemoth... The new album will mainly focus on the Morbid Reich feeling combined with brutal riffs and tempo of the previous albums. We also have a surprise for our devoted fans, we're going to come back to our old logo."
"Draft titles of a few tracks: 'Lords of Thorns,' 'I Am Who Feast Upon Your Souls,' 'Only Hell Knows,' 'Return to the Morbid Reich,' and 'I Had A Dream.' We will have a chance to listen to 1 or 2 tracks on Vader concerts and summer festivals, as Peter announced. This year's Blitzkrieg will start a bit later, probably in October and Vader will play a completely new set!"
Recording will take place in Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland from March 15th to April 10th, 2011 with mixing and mastering set to take place in May, 2011.
"The Human Romance," the new album from Washington D.C. metal act Darkest Hour, will be released in Europe on March 7 through Century Media Records. The new album, which will be issued in North America on February 22 through eOne Music, was recorded at a North Carolina studio with producer Peter Wichers.
Darkest Hour guitarist Mike Schleibaum commented by saying:
"We have been working on these tunes ever since we left the studio last April. 'The Eternal Return' was written during a very dark, bleak time for the band and I think that record matches that in both tone and character. Our vision was for it to be an in-your-face, no-frills aggressive assault. The new material shares in that aggression and pushes Darkest Hour beyond the unknown."
Enslaved, Watain and Shining are among the confirmed bands for the Swiss edition of the Inferno festival, set to take place February 25-27 in Lausanne. The event is produced by Headstrong Music and Les Docks. It will include three days of live performances, exhibitions, a metal market and a conference.
This event will be held at Les Docks and Le Romandie in Lausanne.
Friday, February 25 at Les Docks:
Saturday, February 26 at Les Docks:
Sunday, February 27 at Le Romandie:
Canadian progressive hardcore act Ken Mode has announced its signing with Profound Lore Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its new studio album, "Venerable." "Venerable" will see its release on March 15, 2011 through Profound Lore Records. You can check out some Ken Mode songs at this location while the tracklisting for "Venerable" can be viewed below:
1. The Book Of Muscle
2. Obeying The Iron Will
4. The Irate Lumberjack
5. A Wicked Pike
6. Flight Of The Echo Hawk
7. Never Was
8. The Ugliest Happy You've Ever Seen
9. Terrify The Animals
10. Mako Shark
Hard rock supergroup The Damned Things, featuring members of Anthrax, Fall Out Boy and Every Time I Die, has posted some new live footage online from its recent performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. The video features the band performing the title track, "Ironiclast," from its debut full length album. You can view the video below:
Norwegian metal act Trollfest has announced its signing with NoiseArt Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its forthcoming studio album "En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral." "En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral" is set for release on April 29, 2011 through its new label home in NoiseArt Records. The band commented on the signing by saying:
"Trollfest is massively pleased to be signing with NoiseArt Records for the release of our upcoming album, and with Rock the Nation as our worldwide booking agent.
"Since the very first moment they approached us, everyone at NoiseArt and Rock the Nation have shown an enthusiasm for the band that went beyond our expectations, and their plans to work together as a team to bring Trollfest to its full potential both as a studio and live band is something we are very enthusiastic about.
"You can't imagine how much we are looking forward to the release of the album, and even more so bringing the Trollfest ethos of great music and good fun to even more fans in a live setting.
"We raise our tankards to NoiseArt, Rock the Nation and all our fans, and look forward to embarking on the next stage of the Trollfest adventure together."
Video footage has made its way online, courtesy of MetalAssaultLA, showcasing two performances from Canadian metal mastermind Devin Townsend. You can view the clips below:
North Texas death metal outfit The Famine has posted the first in a series of behind-the-scenes video blogs online in anticipation of the forthcoming album, "The Architects of Guilt." The video, which can be viewed below, was filmed during The Famine’s summer 2010 recording sessions. "The Architects of Guilt" will hit stores on February 15th, 2011. The track listing is as follows:
1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth
Shane Clark of Vancouver, Canada's heavy metal act 3 Inches of Blood has posted the following update online through the band's official Facebook page;
"Going into the studio today to lay down a couple of new tracks. You'll get to hear them live if you come see us on our upcoming tour. Just finished getting drum sounds, can't wait for this new stuff to swing its mighty axe into everyone's brains...its fast and furious, whole lotto riffin going on"
3 Inches of Blood is gearing up for a tour alongside Eluveitie, Holy Grail, and System Divide. You can view the tour dates below:
2/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
2/2 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater
2/3 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/4 Quebec City, QC @ Cercle
2/5 Montreal, QC @ Le National
2/6 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
2/8 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
2/9 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
2/10 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
2/11 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
2/14 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/15 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
2/16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
2/17 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
2/18 Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
2/19 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
2/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
2/22 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
2/24 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
2/25 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
2/26 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Finnish melodic metal act Stratovarius has release an e-card for "Elysium," the thirteenth full-length studio album from the European metal veterans. The e-card can be accessed at this location. The CD will be released in Europe on January 14, 2011 through earMUSIC/Edel and in North America on January 18 through Armoury Records.
"Elysium" is set for release as a regular CD, a deluxe digipak edition with bonus track, a "collector's edition" (featuring two exclusive bonus tracks on a seven-inch single) and on vinyl.
Here is the "Elysium" trackisting:
1. Darkest Hours
2. Under Flaming Skies
3. Infernal Maze
4. Fairness Justified
5. The Game Never Ends
6. Lifetime In A Moment
7. Move The Mountain
8. Event Horizon
You can check out the "Elysium" E-Card at this location.
American thrashers Warbringer have announced the departure of drummer Nic Ritter from the group. Nic Ritter played his final show with the band on Friday night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood alongside Sepultura and Angra. Warbringer guitarist John Laux commented on the departure by saying:
"Nic Ritter is an incredible drummer and we wish him the best of luck! I know he made a lot of friends around the world and I just want everyone to understand that our decision to part ways was mutual and necessary. Nic has worked very hard with us over the last two years and we are grateful for his contributions musically and his commitment personally on the road."
Nick Ritter added:
"I felt like it was time for a change both musically and personally. All is good between the guys and myself as this was a mutual decision. I wish them the best in the future and with the next album."