Metal News for January 19, 2011
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One of our Unearthing the Metal Underground columns last month covered three Christian leaning unblack metal bands, which is a touchy subject for many black metal purists who see the genre as exclusively the domain of the anti-Christian side. Wanting to look deeper into this divisive issue, I contacted bands with strong feelings in either direction and asked them a series of questions about the role religion can play in black metal. Those answers were incorporated into this editorial looking into unblack metal.
Finland's Renascent was featured in the original "Unearthing" column, and was easily the most impressive and musically aggressive band of the three groups examined. Vocalist / guitarist Eero Tertsunen of Renascent was the final musician to take part in the series of interviews, giving his thoughts on the ideology behind black metal. Eero's complete answers can be found after the jump.
If you are interested in hearing what the musicians on both sides of the debate had to say, you can find the answers from U.K. act Nierty here, which had a fairly neutral stance. The interviews with the more overtly anti-Christian black metal responses came from Ophidian Forest, Plaag, Dehumanation, Frames, and Throne of Malediction. The answers from the other pro-Christian black metal musicians came from Frost Like Ashes, Diamoth, Elgibbor, and Winter's Dawn. More...
Following a West Coast tour this past December, Pacific Northwest metal band Agalloch will be embarking on an East Coast run in support of the group's new album “Marrow Of The Spirit." Profound Lore Records recording artist Worm Ouroboros (also featuring Agalloch and Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker) will serve as direct support on the tour.
Agalloch guitarist Don Anderson commented: "After seven years we are pleased to announce that we are returning to the East Coast for a series of performances with our good friends and fellow Profound Lore recording artists Worm Ouroboros. We’ll also be playing dates in both select areas of the South and Canada. The last time we played on the East Coast was in February of 2004 with The Gathering and Novembers Doom. People can catch ongoing updates on the upcoming tour via our official Facebook page."
The dates go as follows:
03/17 – Austin, TX @ Barbarella Patio (as part of the Nanotear Showcase at SXSW)
03/18 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
03/20 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade
03/21 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sonar
03/22 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
03/23 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
03/24 – Montreal, QC @ TBA
03/25 – London, ON @ The Music Hall
03/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
03/27 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Agalloch has also been confirmed for this year’s Scion Rock Fest to take place March 5th in Pomona, California.
Christan "unblack" metal act Frost Like Ashes was recently covered in our Unearthing the Metal Underground column, which took a brief look at the band's lyrical themes. As a companion to that article, an editorial is now online delving deeper into the controversial subject of Christianity in black metal. To get better perspective on the issue, I sent out a questionnaire to both black and unblack metal bands asking for their thoughts on the subject.
The answers provided by guitarist Sebat Frost from Frost Like Ashes can be found after the jump. The band's music can be heard through the Unearthing the Metal Underground column, or through the Frost Like Ashes MySpace page.
Anyone interested in reading the other interviews in the series can check out the answers from Ophidian Forest, Plaag, Dehumanation, Frames, and Throne of Malediction on the anti-Christian side, Diamoth, Elgibbor, and Winter's Dawn on the pro-Christian side, and Nierty on more neutral ground. More...
Behemoth frontman Nergal, who has been receiving treatment for leukemia for more than six months, has left the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk on Monday, January 17th. His release comes four weeks after he underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure. He commented:
"Hey! What's up! At last – one could say. After almost half a year of treatment in various hospitals, several cycles of chemotherapy, irradiation and a bone marrow transplant, I have been finally released home in a pretty fuckin' good condition. I'm feeling ok, taking the intensity of treatment under consideration. That was not an easy period of my life, but, as I envisioned, I left the hospital victorious. I never considered any other options, but anyway, there were rough moments too… At this point I must express my thanks to the people who made all of those downs fairly bearable. My parents – thank you. You deserve a monument for all your love and patience. Dorotka, thank you for your heroic attitude, love and support. I can't forget Doda's fans, who made a gigantic effort for me and other ill people. You rule! Absolutely fantastic Behemoth fans from all over the world were organizing various events to make people aware of what leukemia is. To all of you out there - my deepest respect! Thank you – the real heroes - Prof. Hellmann, Dr. Piekarska, Dr. Knopinska, Doc. Giebel, Prof. Holowiecki and all the nurses of the hematology division of the Medical Academy in Gdansk and the Oncology Clinic in Gliwice for all the professionalism and great hearts. My band mates for all the friendship and never-ending support. All my friends for sticking to me throughout the whole period of my illness. The list is too long to mention you all, but remember, you have special place in my heart."
Nergal will now go through a recovery, which will last for several months. During this time he will stay in his flat in one of the Gdansk's districts.
"Although the whole treatment went really good, as well as the bone marrow transplant and the post-transplant period, the next several months is the time when I must really take care of myself. Of course I will have plenty of time to recover, think about the strategy and my return to the stage – which approaches imminently (laughs). First of all however I must rebuild my physical condition… apart from that, I hunger for playing, I haven't been playing the guitar for a half of year now! Really much to catch up, but also a huge motivation and a desire to work again at the same time. This year will be a really important one for me and the band!"
Manowar has checked in with the following brief update about adding on a Swedish tour date in March:
"Victory for all Vikings! Manowar returns to Sweden after 9 years! Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Venue: Trädgårn - Gothenburg, Sweden
"What will happen: true metal will return to the land of true metal vikings and the immediate death of false metal. Hail and kill."
The upcoming Manowar tour dates are as follows:
March 05, 2011 @ The Palladium, Worcester MA - USA
March 11, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH - USA
March 12, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH - USA
March 18, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece
March 25, 2011 @ St. Jakobshalle in Basel - Switzerland
March 27, 2011 @ O2 Academy in Birmingham - UK
March 29, 2011 @ Trädgårn - Gothenburg, Sweden
April 02, 2011 @ Campo Pequeno (Portugal)
April 08, 2011 @ Rodahal in Kerkrade - The Netherlands
U.K. based black metal act Nierty has posted a music video online for the song "Ashes to the Grinding Stone," which can be viewed in the clip below.
German technical death metal act Obscura is set to release the new album "Omnivium" on March 29th, 2011 via Relapse Records. The album's artwork can be viewed at this location. The band has now posted a new song online from the upcoming album, titled "Septuagint," which can be heard via the band's MySpace page.
Obscura has also revealed that the following songs will appear on the new album: “Septuagint," “Vortex Omnivium," “Ocean Gateways," “Euclidean Elements," “Prismal Dawn," “Celestial Spheres," “Velocity," “A Transcendental Serenade," and “Aevum."
Swedish modern rock / metal act Sonic Syndicate just issued the following statement regarding the band's recent addition to the ranks of Alchemy endorsed artists: "Yo what's up everyone! I just wanted to spread the word that we in Sonic Syndicate partnered up with Alchemy England! These dudes have some sick products and we got to kit ourselves out with their newest and coolest Skulls, shirts, rings and things recently! Right before xmas on our We Rule The World tour we met up with the Alchemy crew for a kick ass photo shoot which you can check out over on their website. We couldn't be happier than to be working with these hard rocking dudes from England!"
Furthermore, Sonic Syndicate will also be touring Russia in March 2011. Commented bass player Karin Axelsson: "We are happy to be touring Russia soon! Make sure to show up and party and mosh with us! Let's rule the night together!"
The dates are as follows:
17 MAR Minsk, Belarus @ Reactor
18 MAR Kiev, Ukraine @ Bingo
19 MAR Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine @ Rock Café
20 MAR Donetsk, Ukraine @ DS Mashinostroiteley
21 MAR Rostov, Russia @ Podzemka
22 MAR Stariy Oskol, Russia @ Dvorets Sporta
23 MAR Voronezh, Russia @ Tarantul
24 MAR Saratov, Russia @ Varite
25 MAR Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia @ Rocco
26 MAR Moscow, Russia @ Plan B
27 MAR Saint-Petersburg,Russia @ Zal Ozhidaniya
Black Anvil has announced that the band will be teaming up with Swedish black metal outfit Marduk for a short series of shows in North America beginning this May. Also on the tour will be Aura Noir, Panzerfaust, and Hod.
The tour dates are as follows:
May 29 - Montreal, QC - Café Campus
May 30 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room
May 31 - Chicago, IL - Reggie’s
June 1 - Detroit, MI - I-Rock
June 2 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
June 3 - Brooklyn, NY - WilliamsburgMusic Hall
Norwegian doom metal band Syrach parted ways with drummer Adam Suleiman in October of 2010. The band has now issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummerL
"We are proud to announce the new addition to the Syrach crew. Jan Åge has decided to join our ranks, and will from now on take on the drumming. Jan Åge comes from the band Temple Sleep and has also toured together with Octavia Sperati amongst others.
"We will also like to thank all the others for coming in for rehearsals and trying out. You have all been great, but there was really no doubt when the time to choose came.
"We will now focusing on rehearsing the new material, so that we can start recording a new and great doom album, with the brand new line-up. All songs are made, but will now be shaped into the great Syrachian style! We will be ready to take on gigs as well, if anything comes along. So all; wish Jan Åge a warm and doomed welcome!"
Former Dream Theater / Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy has announced four upcoming in-store appearances. The details are as follows:
Tues. Feb. 8, 6:30pm - Daddy's Portsmouth, NH
1465 Woodbury Ave
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Wed. Feb. 9, 6:30pm - Daddy's Manchester, NH
1279 S. Willow St.
Manchester, NH 03103
Thurs. Feb. 10, 6:30pm - Daddy's Boston, MA
165 Mass Ave.
Fri., Feb. 11, 6:30pm - Daddy's Dedham, MA Grand Opening
444 Providence Highway
Canadian metal act Samandriel has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Doneka Reid:
"It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that Doneka Reid is no longer the singer of Samandriel. This will be a difficult change for us to make, but we hope that YOU, the fans will continue to support us through these tough times for the band. We all love you Doneka, and we wish you the very best that you can possibly have.
"With the departure of Doneka begins The Search. If you or someone you know is interested in joining Samandriel as a singer (male or female) please get in touch by sending an email to samandriel[at]live[dot]com and we can discuss an audition. Please spread the word!"
German thrash metal act Destruction has posted the third trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Day Of Reckoning." You can check out the video clip below. “Day Of Reckoning” is set to be unleashed on February 18, 2011 via Nuclear Blast.
Sweden's King of Asgard has issued the following brief announcement about the band's debut album "Fi'mbulvintr" seeing an official release in Japan:
"'Fi'mbulvintr' to be released in Japan... Metal Blade Japan releases King of Asgard debut album 'Fi'mbulvintr'! Out 2011.01.26! Make sure to pick that bastard up!"
You can also check out King of Asgard's music video for the track "Einhärjar," which is off the "Fi'mbulvintr" album, at this location.
Norwegian / Spanish gothic metal act Sirenia will be performing at this year's editions of the Wacken (GER) and Masters Of Rock (CZ) festivals, with more festival appearances to be announced soon.
Quoted Mastermind Morten Veland: "We are very excited these days as the release date for 'The Enigma Of Life' is coming up. We are very eager to share the new album with all our fans. We just launched our new and updated website at this location. Here we will keep all of you up to date on all future activities. Wacken Open Air and Masters of Rock are already confirmed and more festivals will be announced soon. stay tuned! Cheers!”
“The Enigma Of Life” will be released on Friday, January 21st, 2011.
Iskald has issued the following announcement about streaming the song "Forged By Wolves" online from the band's new album:
"Following up the whole album preview yesterday, we now have unleashed the first full- length song preview from 'The Sun I Carried Alone' here on MySpace! Enjoy! Comments are of course appreciated.
"And also remember to buy the album which is available in stores and as digital download right now! Beware the wolves!"
The new album's track listing is as follows:
2. Under The Black Moon
3. Natt utover Havet
4. Forged By Wolves
5. I Lys Av Mørket
6. The Sun I Carried Alone
7. Rigor Mortis
8. These Dreams Divine
9. Burning Bridges
Dew Scented has checked in with the following update about gearing up for a run of European tour dates:
"Hey Thrashers! We are actually spending the weekend locked up in our rehearsal room for final setlist preparations for the European tour with Nile starting next week, so we thought we could as well check in and bring you a run of assorted news…
"While we spent a good amount of time on the European roads in 2010 promoting the release of the newest Dew-Scented album 'Invocation,' we figured it would be a good idea to collect live footage and have some of it presented to our global supporters. We chose the album's opening 'Arise From Decay' for the clip as this track has become an important and very energetic piece of our current live-set.
"The video was shot by our friend and fellow road-warrior Oliver 'Bomber' Barth / Visions In Fear at various live-locations in the second half of 2010. But see for yourselves. See you soon on the road!"
The upcoming Dew Scented tour dates are as follows:
20.01.2011 Katowice (Poland) - Mega Club
21.01.2011 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
22.01.2011 Budapest (Hungary) - a38
23.01.2011 Bucarest (Romania) - The Silver Church Club
24.01.2011 Sofia (Bulgaria) - Blue Box
25.01.2011 Thessaloniki (Greece) - 8ball
26.01.2011 Beograd (Serbia) - SKC
27.01.2011 Zagreb (Croatia) - Mochvara
28.01.2011 Nova Goriza (Italy) - Pieffe Factory
29.01.2011 Dietikon / Zürich (Switzerland) - Sounddock14
30.01.2011 Darmstadt (Germany) - Steinbruch Theater
31.01.2011 Prague (Czech Republic) - Exit Chmelnice
01.02.2011 München (Germany) - Backstage
02.02.2011 Vevey (Switzerland) - Rocking Chair
03.02.2011 Romagnano Sesia / Novara (Italy) - RnR Arena
04.02.2011 Rome (Italy) - Blackout
05.02.2011 Gualtieri / Reggio Emilia (Italy) - Temp Rock
07.02.2011 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) - Doornrosje
08.02.2011 Cardiff (UK) - Millennium Music Hall
09.02.2011 Liverpool (UK) - The Masque
10.02.2011 Derby (UK) - Redemption
11.02.2011 Dublin (Ireland) - Button Factory
12.02.2011 Belfast (UK) - Spring And Airbrake
13.02.2011 London (UK) - 02 Academy
14.02.2011 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Baroeg
15.02.2011 Antwerp (Belgium) - Trix
16.02.2011 Hannover (Germany) - Musikzentrum
Nervecell has issued the following announcement about the release of a new album:
"It is with great pleasure to announce that we have set 'PSYCHOGENOCIDE' as the title of our long-awaited new album, due for release late March 2011 in Europe through Lifeforce Records and Spellbind Records for the Middle East. The artwork has been a concept, which we have been working on for quite a while within the band and we are extremely proud of how it has turned out, perfectly matching the aggression and musical direction of the new album.
"PSYCHOGENOCIDE is scheduled to be mixed and mastered at Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader) in Warsaw, Poland by the Wieslawscy Bros. This will mark the follow-up to our first full-length 'Preaching Venom' which was released on October 26th 2009 on Lifeforce Records. The artwork was designed by Killustrations (Aborted, Severe Torture, Zyklon) and can be viewed here."
Mercenary has issued the following announcement about revealing the cover artwork for the band's new album:
"We're very proud to be able to present our new cover for our upcoming album 'Metamorphosis', as well as a brand new Mercenary-logo! There's of course a lot of obvious (and indeed slightly cheesy) self-referential symbolism regarding the rebirth of the band in the cover artwork. But apart from that we felt that the motive of a phoenix was a really fitting expression of many of René's lyrical themes on the album, as they deal with personal and existential crisis, overcoming personal obstacles and how we can sometimes redefine ourselves in the proces of taking responsibility for altering the conditions of our very lives. This idea of personal freedom can be a very frightening thought for some, but it's actually a message of hope and optimism - we can always take control of our lives and free ourselves of inner or outer constraints, or at least take pride in the struggle to do so.
"(Okay, dropping all the intellectual pretense, we just liked the artwork because it was freaking bird on fire - how cool is that!?) On a serious note, though, we also felt that a simple, raw and iconic visual theme would support the musical direction of the new album. We feel that the songs are our strongest ever, they're no-bullshit, focused and straight to the point, and our good friend Don G really nailed these concepts with his artwork.
"Finally, we have also been searching for a new logo for many years (also before the recent changes in line-up) but we never felt that we found a good enough alternative until now. With the direction of the new line-up and the new album, we not only felt that we had as good an occasion as any, but we also really liked the idea of a less polished, more raw logo which could reflect the changes in musical expression.
"Hope y'all dig it. The cover artwork is created by Don G (be.net/goerlitz), while the logo is created by BastiBasti @ Blacksome Full Service Agency." More...
Eluveitie has posted a teaser video from the rehearsal room as the band gears up for a string of Brazilian shows. The video clip can be viewed below.
The band's upcoming Brazilian tour dates are as follows:
January 28th: Belo Horizonte Music Hall, Belo Horizonte
January 29th: Estudio Emme, Sao Paolo
January 30th: John Bull Music Hall, Curitiba
Kamelot has issued the following update to Polish fans about changing venues for the band's upcoming live show:
"Venue Change Poland! Thanks to fans in Poland the local promoters have moved the Kamelot show in Poland to a larger venue (Klub Studio), please take note!"
Kamelot also recently announced that Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) will be joining the band on the road and handling the lead vocal duties, along with guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica) and Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder).
Feral has issued the following announcement about an upcoming European tour with Demonical:
"We are proud to announce that Feral will team up with our allies in Demonical on their black crusade across Europe in May. Targeting venues in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia and Czech Republic to support our debut album 'Dragged to the Altar,' to be released on Ibex Moon Records before the dawn of the crusade. Gilla Bruja will also be joining in for a complete unity of death metal. Be prepared for a brutal and merciless assault across the continent.
"Svarte Petter will be unable to join us due to other duties during the time of the tour, aiding us from here on until the end of the Death Infernal tour will be our brother Narstrand from Dråpsnatt. More info regarding 'Dragged to the Altar' is to be announced soon, as well as the complete dates for Death Infernal."
The tour poster can be viewed at this location.
Brazilian metallers Hibria have announced they will embark on a Japanese headlining tour in May. So far the following dates have been announced:
May 12th (Thu) Osaka : Big Cat
May 14th (Sat) Nagoya : Bottom Line
May 15th (Sun) Tokyo : Shinagawa Prince Stellar Ball
Hibria's new album, "Blind Ride," is set to be released in Japan on January 26th, 2011. Audio samples of the track "Nonconforming Minds" that appear on "Blind Ride," can be found on the band's Myspace Page at this location.
Los Angeles, California based act Clandestine recently signed a record deal with Nightmare Records. The band has now posted a promo video clip online for the new album "The Invalid," which can be viewed below. "The Invalid" is set for release on February 15th, 2011.
British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have posted a new song online entitled, "Godhead." You can check it out by heading to the band's official Facebook page.
The new song "Godhead" will appear on the group's forthcoming fifth studio album, "Sounds Of Violence," which is currently scheduled to be released in Europe on January 28th and in North America on February 8th, 2011.
Update: the editorial dealing with Christian unblack metal is now online here.
Metalunderground recently took a dive into black metal bands with pro-Christian themes in the Unearthing the Metal Underground column. Our upcoming companion editorial on Christianity in black metal is almost here, but in the mean time we've still got a few interviews to share from the musicians we polled on the subject on "unblack" metal.
Our next interview can be found after the jump and comes from guitarist Zaragil of Ophidian Forest, who hails from Croatia.
The earlier interviews on the anti-Christian side of the debate came from Plaag, Dehumanation, Frames, and Throne of Malediction. You can check out the answers from the pro-Christian musicians from Diamoth, Elgibbor, and Winter's Dawn. The band Nierty took a more neutral approach, defending the right of Christian musicians to make black metal, even while not agreeing with Christian beliefs. More...
Psycroptic drummer Dave Haley has posted the following update online:
"Well, 2010 was a pretty busy year for Psycroptic. We released our first-ever DVD in early 2010 and toured Australia with Decapitated to promote the release. We played China and Inner Mongolia; we were the first Western band to play the city of HoHot in Inner Mongolia; crazy stuff! We toured Europe with our close friends Cephalic Carnage and rounded out the year with a U.S. tour with Nile.
"In between all of this we were hard at work writing our new album, which we're happy to say is fully written. It's as yet untitled, but we are throwing a few names around. We start tracking the drums on February 14th at Red Planet Studios, and once completed we will be moving to Joe's [Psycroptic guitarist] studio to complete all the rest of the recording. We'll be taking our time on this one, as we have felt a little rushed in the past... The material is great so we want to ensure the recording matches. We'll post studio progress reports to keep everyone updated.
"Look out for the new album later this year!!"
It's been nine years since the Australian metallers of PEGAZUS have released their last studio album and although the band always stayed active, they are now back with a worldwide release. PEGAZUS will release their brand new album "In Metal We Trust" on April 15, 2011 through Black Leather Records. The distribution is in hands of the German company Twilight Vertrieb.
The album contains 11 brand new classic heavy metal songs with original singer Justin Fleming back on vocals. As a tribute to the great guitarists of the 80's, Pegazus has invited Ross The Boss (Founding member Manowar, Ross The Boss, The Dictators a.o.), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger / Mothers Army) and David Shankle (formerly of Manowar, DSG) to contribute a solo for the song "Old Skool Metal Dayz."
In addition, the band has posted the first sample, for the song "Metal Messiah" from the new album, on their MySpace page.
The band is revealing now for the very first time the cover artwork for "IN METAL WE TRUST" with the complete tracklisting:
1. Metal Messiah
2. Road Warrior
3. Old Skool Metal Dayz
4. We Live To Rock
5. Haunting Me
6. Eye For An Eye
7. Ghost Rider
8. Metal Gods
9. End Of The World
10. Death Or Glory
11. Old Skool Metal Dayz Extended Version feat. David More...
Phoenix, Arizona technical hardcore act Overcome has posted footage from the recording sessions of its new album "The Great Campaign Of Sabotage" online. The new album is set for release on February 1st, 2011 through Facedown Records. You can view the studio clip below:
California metalcore act As I Lay Dying has teamed up with CraveOnline to debut its new music video. The video was shot for the track "Anodyne Sea" and is taken from the group's latest album "The Powerless Rise." The video was directed by Mike Pecci and Ian McFarland and can be viewed below:
Hendersonville, Tennessee metal act As Hell Retreats has posted some new footage from the studio. The band is currently preparing its Facedown Records debut "Volition." You can view the video footage below:
American progressive metal act Between The Buried And Me has posted some new video footage online taken from its recent stint in the recoding studio. The band is currently finishing up the recording for its forthcoming, as-yet-untitled EP. You can view the video footage below:
Machine Head guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn has announced that he has signed a multi-year deal with Gibson/Epiphone that will include the launch of an exclusive Robb Flynn Epiphone signature series, baritone-scale Flying-V guitar. A video of the new guitar can be viewed below:
German heavy metal legends Accept have announced a string of tour dates for Russia in support of their latest studio album, "Blood Of The Nations." The trek will kick off in early March and the dates are as follows:
March 07 - Minsk, Belarus - Palace of Sports
March 09 - Moscow, Russia - Milk
March 11 - Vladivostok, Russia - Golden Fish
March 12 - Ussuriysk, Russia - Extrim
March 13 - Nachodka, Russia - Diamond Concert Hall
Reactivated technical metal veterans Atheist have announced that they will be hitting the road in support of their critically acclaimed new album, "Jupiter," the band's first studio CD in 17 years.
The first show is set to take place on Saturday, February 12th, 2011 at the Cabana Inn in Sarasota, Florida, on the 20th anniversary — to the day — of the loss of the band's original bass player Roger Patterson. The concert will mark the group's debut appearance with new bass player Travis Morgan.
The 2011 Metalliance Tour has officially been announced, featuring HELMET, SAINT VITUS and CROWBAR for its inaugural line up. The festival tour will run through the U.S. from March 17th through April 5th. HELMET will be performing its 1992 platinum-selling release of "Meantime" in its entirety. The official tour dates can be viewed below:
Mar. 17 - Dallas, TX - Southside Music Hall
Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog / SXSW
Mar. 19 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
Mar. 20 - St Petersburg, FL - State Theater
Mar. 21 - Orlando, FL - Firestone Live
Mar. 22 - Greensboro, NC - Greene Street
Mar. 23 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Mar. 24 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Mar. 25 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Mar. 26 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Mar. 27 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Mar. 29 - Denver, CO - The Summit
Mar. 31 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Apr. 01 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Apr. 03 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
Apr. 05 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
Canadian progressive metal titans Protest the Hero have revealed the cover artwork for their forthcoming full-length album. The new album, titled "Scurrilous," was produced once again with producer Julius 'Juice' Butty and will see its release on March 22, 2010 through Underground Operations in Canada and through Vagrant Records in the United States. You can view the "Scurrilous" artwork below.
Sweden dark metal act Katatonia has issued the following update about 20th anniversary shows in Europe:
"20 years of Katatonia going strong calls for a celebration and we'll be doing just that by throwing five very special anniversary gigs in Europe this coming May presented as the 'Last Fair Day Gone Night - An Evening With Katatonia' tour 2011.
"We've decided to play the entire 'Last Fair Deal Gone Down' album front to back as that's the one album that got us true worldwide recognition for the first time, but 2011 is also the album's 10th anniversary so re-visiting this album seems more fitting than any other record we've done. A second set will follow that will see us play a mix of tracks from the rest of our catalogue. We'll be doing some fan favorites classics but also look into a couple of obscure B-sides and such that we've never or hardly played live before. Together you should get over two hours of live music on this last fair day gone night. Besides the standard tickets, which will go on sale this Wednesday, January 19th, we've decided to reserve 70 tickets per show for VIPs who will be up for some real nice treats.
"If you're one of those VIPs, you will receive a Katatonia tour messenger bag upon arrival filled with exclusive items such as a t-shirt exclusive to that particular show, an exclusive VIP laminate, a + 20-page tour programme (that we're all busy writing as I'm typing this), a limited-edition vinyl of our latest album 'Night is The New Day' and a bunch more cool Katatonia merch items.
"But that's not all; all VIP's will have a dedicated meet-and-greet with the whole band so we can shake hands, have your picture taken and hang out for a chat! After that you can watch us soundcheck for about an hour where you'll hear some songs from the set list and watch us prepare the show. Then it's dinner time so you can go out and grab a bite while you'll be confident to learn that your VIP laminate will allow you back inside the venue a bit earlier than anyone else, so you'll have a smooth and free picking to where you like to position yourself.
"The London, U.K. show will be filmed for a DVD. Last but not least; right now we're very busy talking to all our equipment endorsers for them to make some goods available that we'll combine into one 'grand prize'! All VIP's will automatically enter into a draw for one lucky guy or girl to win this ultimate prize, which we'll reveal the details about in the next coming weeks. See it as a nice extra bonus already and you can't get disappointed….
"Head over to the tour dates for more detailed information. VIP tickets are on sale as of now and standard tickets will go up on sale this Wednesday.
"If you chose to get a VIP ticket, you should be prepared to be at the venue around 2 p.m. on show day. Exact times will vary per show but you'll be notified in advance of all confirmed details. We hope you're just as much excited about this special celebration as we are! See you at the show and let's have a toast for the last fair day gone night!"
The dates are as follows:
May 4, 2011 - Kulturfabrik - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
May 5, 2011 - Stollwerck - Cologne, Germany
May 6, 2011 - Koko - London, UK
May 7, 2011 - De Kade - De Kade, The Netherlands
May 8, 2011 - Alhambra - Paris, France
Swedish metal act Arch Enemy has posted a new video update online for its forthcoming new album "Khaos Legions." This will mark the band's first studio album of all new material since 2007's "Rise Of The Tyrant." The band is currently still recording the album at Sweet Spot Studios in Sweden. You can view the video update below:
North Texas death metal outfit The Famine has posted a new song online taken from its forthcoming full length album "The Architects of Guilt." The song, titled "The New Hell," will be featured on "The Architects of Guilt" which is set for release on February 15, 2011. You can check out the song in the player below: