Metal News for January 22, 2009
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36 news articles posted on this day.
American thrash metal legends Slayer have revealed that on January 26th they will be announcing a co-headlining tour. Of yet, no idea of when the tour will kick off or with who have been hinted at but the band are expected to finish work on their as-yet untitled new studio album before it launches. Stay tuned for more details.
Pain Of Salvation has issued the following statement:
"We congratulate the people of USA on the Inauguration of their new President. We have waited for this day a long time, as have most of the world. Obama continually strikes us as the bravest and most promising US president that modern times have seen, and we nod our heads in agreement and respect for some of the things he expressed in his speech. Thus, with Barack Obama, in that very speech, offering an open hand to those willing to unclench their fists, Pain of Salvation will be first in line to offer our unclenching.
"To be honest, I (Daniel) see nothing but relentless hard work and perils for him walking down this road. But I see no one more brave or better fit to try. I put my fate in the warm and intelligent eyes of this man, and hope to see his spirit unbroken by the heavy machinery that is modern US politics. If he can’t, then I don’t see who would. I count on you Obama, to do right by the world.
"We are still in awe of the Democrats’ boldness of having one woman and one black man as their candidates, and of the people of America for electing Obama; A president who advocates global relations and communications before war, solar and wind power before oil, public rights before corporative rights, freedom before security - and who promises to shut down the Guantanamo base within a year. A man who has the guts to demand political transparency of the US government. More...
Massachusetts thrash band Ravage has issued the following statement:
"Today I'd like to announce that we have secured the services of the legendary Ed Repka (MEGADETH, THE MISFITS, DEATH, SANCTUARY etc) to complete the cover art for the new full-length album. It's amazing to be working with Ed, whose art I have enjoyed since I was a little kid. Just from the preliminary sketches I can tell this is going to be exactly what we were looking for. We wanted to go all out and have the best possible presentation for this album and give the most possible value to our fans - we won't fuck the fans! And this is just the beginning, there is more to come. We will be playing in places we've never played before and playing with some great metal bands - those announcements will be made shortly as well as an announcement about the release date for the new cd and other details. Stay tuned."
Portugese doom metal band Ava Inferi has just announced some changes in regards to the lineup for the Hellhounds festival. Firstly, Scream Silence has cancelled their participation in the festival, and due to the short notice to find a suitable replacement, major production and logistic difficulties are occuring. This has forced a cancellation of the band Novembre from being on this tour. The decision was made in regret. Therefore, the lineup for the Hellhounds festival is as follows: Tiamat, The 69 Eyes, and Ava Inferi. All bands will play a longer set. Asrai will join the Hellhound festival on the 28th of February at the "Boerderij - Zoetmermeer."
In this interview with Hard Times, a Canadian rock website, Paul Allender of British metal band Cradle of Filth discusses topics ranging from black metal to the nature of human beings.
Metallica has announced their plans to perform at the Novarock Festival on Friday, June 19, 2009 in Nickelsdorf, Austria. Three day tickets are already on sale at www.musicticket.at and currently you can only purchase a pass for the entire weekend. Other headliners are Placebo and Die Toten Hosen.
The band states: "As you probably noticed, there are a few open dates on the calendar this summer and we'll be filling them by visiting some of our favorite spots in Europe and hitting the annual music festivals."
Here are the latest Metallica European tour dates: More...
Charleston based hard rock and metal act Till Doomsday is currently working on recording their first self-released demo. The members of the band recently answered a series of interview questions for Metalunderground about their history, style, and take on the metal scene. More...
Powerwolf has issued the following statement about working with a classical music conservatory while recording their new album:
"Holy heavens. We spent two days at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken, a conservatory for classical music. And no - not as bad examples of misguided musicians. We recorded choir arrangements with a choir of 25 men and women, most of them students or graduates of the conservatory. We already did choir stuff on three songs on "Lupus dei", but this time we developed things further and bigger: 8 of the new songs got majestic choir arrangements, written by maestro Francesco Cottone. And we can tell you - it´s pure shivers down your spine when 25 classical singers cantillate Powerwolf anthems! We were speechless. Our gratitude goes to the brave choir women and men, who took all the time and dedication, feared neither the devil nor the loss of their good reputation collaborating with the wolves, and did a damn great job."
Swedish art-rockers Cult Of Luna are gearing up for their first ever DVD release, titled "Fire Was Born."
The DVD includes an epic hour-and-a-half live show recorded on July 1st, 2008 at the Scala in London, UK, along with an exclusive interview with the band, in which the members answer questions sent in from fans all around the world. The DVD also includes the music videos for "The Watchtower", "Leave Me Here" and "Back To Chapel Town".
The "Fire Was Born" DVD is due to be released on March 23rd, 2009 as part of a special edition version of the band's latest album, ETERNAL KINGDOM, except for in the band's home country of Sweden, where it will be released as a separate DVD only. The trailer for the DVD can be viewed below.
Cult Of Luna fans in Australia and New Zealand can catch the band live at the following much-anticipated shows:
10 Feb 2009 - Auckland, New Zealand - Transmission Room
12 Feb 2009 - Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli
14 Feb 2009 - Sydney, Australia - Manning Bar
15 Feb 2009 - Melbourne, Australia - The HiFi
17 Feb 2009 - Adelaide, Australia - HQ
18 Feb 2009 - Perth, Australia - The Capitol More...
Sworn Enemy will kick off their over 40 dates long European headlining tour on February 12, 2009. As support acts Freya feat. Karl from Sworn Enemy's labelmates Earth Crisis, who will release their new album via Century Media in April 2009, Lionheart and CDC will accompany SWORN ENEMY guaranteeing total mosh pit insanity all over Europe!
Furthermore, the band has finished the recordings of their new, still untitled album with producer Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) who already worked with Sworn Enemy on their previous two releases.
The tour dates can be viewed below. More...
Floridian extreme metallers Order of Ennead who have just reached the end of the Winterfest 2009 tour with Deicide, Samael, Vader, Devian and The Amenta, have posted a diary report chronicling the first week of the tour.
ORDER OF ENNEAD vocalist/guitarist KEVIN QUIRION writes:
"Day 1 013 Tilburg
Arrived at the airport on January 8th and quickly got into the bus and headed two hours to Tilburg. Within a couple hours of being at the venue it was time to go on. After party was pretty intense with meeting everyone and settling in. Show went well. Man those Polish dudes in Vader can drink.
Day 2 Haarlem Patronaat
Drove to Haarlem. John Lie and myself got up early and checked out an old cathedral. The new drummer of Arsis, Dave Kinkade, came to the show and we hung out. Show went very well and we were sounding tight. That warm up show in Tampa really paid off. Hanging out with the guys in the Amenta a lot and also talking to Legion from Devian, great guy. Ralph Santolla uses every chance to give John Li hell. It's hilarious. More...
The End Records has issued the following statement about signing These Are They:
"Formed in May of 2008, THESE ARE THEY—a Chicago-based death metal band featuring vocalist Paul Kuhr (Novembers Doom), guitarist Steve Nicholson (ex-Novembers Doom), bassist Wiley Wells (Earthen) and drummer Sasha Horn (Trials)—entered the metal scene with an unrelenting aural assault.
Thirteen years after departing Novembers Doom, Nicholson reunited with Kuhr in 2008 in order to create something new and fresh. With the help of Wells, along with good friends Mike LeGros (Disinter, Earthen) and drummer Evan Berry, a musical style was chosen, material was written, and THESE ARE THEY recorded their debut EP, Who Manifest. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Belle City Sound with Chris Wisco at the helm, the EP instantly took on a life of its own.
Guitar driven, down tuned and powerful, the material is old school Chicago death metal with flashes of Bolt Thrower, Obituary, and Entombed and contains more headbanging hook than you can shake a fist at. More...
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter its second decade this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the event will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with a an extra special pre-party on Thursday, April 16.
Headlining Friday will be All That Remains, one of the many bands that got its start at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Saturday will be headlined by metal giants Lamb of God as part of their No Fear Energy Music Tour along with As I Lay Dying, Children Of Bodom, God Forbid and Municipal Waste. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage.
Other bands schedule to perform on Friday are: August Burns Red, Suffocation, The Acacia Strain, The Haunted, Napalm Death, WhiteChapel, Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Veil of Maya, Abigail Williams, Decrepit Birth, Psycroptic, Intronaut, Withered, Left to Vanish, Lazarus A.D., Kylesa, XAFBX, Trap Them, Aggressive Dogs, Toxic Holocaust, XWarX, Psyopus, Woe of Tyrants, Rose Funeral and more to be announced. Doors open at 12 noon. More...
The Eyes of a Traitor have revealed the tracklist for their upcoming full-length debut "A Clear Perception."
1. Under Seige (4:12)
2. Like Clockwork (4:25)
3. With Different Eyes (3:51)
4. Escape These Walls (3:59)
5. Decorus (4:35)
6. Misconceptions (4:01)
7. Echoes (4:17)
8. Hands of Time (5:29)
9. A Clear Perception (1:55)
The album will see U.K. and Europe-wide release on Feb. 2, and a North American release date of Feb. 10 through Listenable Records. "A Clear Perception" is the first in a three album deal with Listenable and was recorded at EAS Studios in the UK over a three-week period.
Original Iron Maiden vocalist, Blaze Bayley, has announced the following tour dates:
02/25 - Borderline - Pisa, Italy
02/27 - Legend 54 - Milano, Italy
02/28 - Corallo - Scandiano, Italy
03/01 - Teatro Cinema Italia - Macerata, Italy
03/05 - Go West - Roccaforzata, Italy
03/06 - Stazione Birra - Rome, Italy
03/07 - Midian - Cremona, Italy
03/08 - La Brasserie du Mont Blanc - Chambery, France
03/11 - Spirit 66 – Verviers, Belgium
03/13 - Schuetzenhaus – Oelsnitz, Germany
03/14 - Metropol – Hengelo, Holland
03/15 - O13 - Tilburg, Holland
03/17 - Alibi – Wroclaw, Poland
03/18 - Eskulap - Poznan, Poland
03/19 - The Rock – Copenhagen, Denmark
03/20 - Ballroom - Hamburg, Germany
03/21 - Regenbogen - Hameln, Germany
03/24 - Uhlenspiegel - Leonberg, Germany
03/26 – Moscow, Russia
03/27 – Ufa, Russia
03/28 – Ekaterinenburg, Russia
04/03- Arcade (Notre Dame de Gravenchon) - Le Havre, France
04/05 - TBC – Athens, Greece
04/09 - Rossetta Bar – Belfast, UK
04/10 - Fibber Magee's – Dublin, Ireland
04/11 - An Cruiscin Lan - Cork, Ireland
04/13 - TBC - TBA – Budapest, Hungary
04/14 - Exit Chmelnice Music Hall – Prague, Czech Republic
04/15 - Faval Music Circus – Brno, Czech Republic
04/16 - Progesja – Warsaw, Poland
04/17 - Forum Palace – Vilnius, Lithuania
04/18 - Melna Piektdiena – Riga, Latvia
04/19 - Tapper – Tallinn, Estonia
04/22 - Iltatähti – Lappeenranta, Finland
04/23 - Dante's Highlight - Helsinki, Finland
04/24 - Hellä - Tampere, Finland
04/25 - Henry's Pub - Kuopio, Finland
04/26 - Klubi - Turku, Finland
04/28 - Hornstullstrand Etablissement – Stockholm, Sweden
04/29 - TBC - Vasteras, Sweden
05/ 01- Yardbirds Club – Grimsby, UK
05/02 - Hark To Towler - Bury, UK
05/06 - Joiner's - Southampton, UK
05/07 - The 12 Bar - Swindon, UK
05/08 - The Cellar - Blackburn, UK
05/09 - Intake - Mansfield, UK
05/14 - TJ's - Newport, Wales
05/15 - Sin City - Swansea, Wales
05/16 - Hobbit's – Weston Weston Super Mare, UK
05/20 - Joseph's Well – Leeds, UK
05/21 - Trillians - Newcastle, UK
05/22 - The Venue – Dumfries, Scotland
05/23 - The Moorings Bar - Aberdeen, Scotland
05/24 - Ivory Black's - Glasgow, Scotland
05/28 - The Queen Charlotte - NorwichUK
05/29 - The Park – Peterborough, UK
05/30 - The Underworld – London, UK
06/03 - The Rigger - Stoke, UK
06/04 - The Leopard - Doncaster, UK
06/05 - The Yorkshire House - Lancaster, UK
06/06 - Victoria Biker's Pub - Coalville, UK
06/18 - Jilly's Rockworld - Manchester, UK
06/20 - The Roadhouse - Birmingham, UK
06/24 - Riga Bar - Southend, UK
06/25 - Bullingdon Arms - Oxford, UK
06/26 - White Rabbit - Plymouth, UK
06/27 - The Palladium Club - Bideford, UK
09/25 - METALFEST - JB's - Dudley, UK
LA metallers, Dokken, have announced the following west coast US tour dates in support of their new album, "Lightning Strikes Again:"
1/31 – Lucky Star Casino – Clinton OK
2/18 – Sodo Nightclub – Colorado Springs, CO
2/20 – Grissley Rose – Denver, CO
2/21 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ
Swedish metallers, Crucified Barbara, have posted another new song on their MySpace page. The song, "Blackened Bones," comes off their upcoming album entitled "'Til Death Do Us Party," which will be released internationally on February 27th.
Swedish Death Glammers, DEATHSTARS, have posted their title track from their forthcoming album "Night Electric Night" on their MySpace page. The new album will be released on January 30th.
UK folk metallers, Skyclad, have signed a deal with Scarlet Records. The group's twelfth album, "In The… All Together," is due in the spring. The CD was recorded and mixed by Dario Mollo (THE CAGE, VOODOO HILL) at Damage Inc Studio, in Ventimiglia, Italy during August 2008.
According to a press release, "[the new album] mixes the usual thrash/speed metal influences with the extraordinary folk melodies that made the band famous all around the world, maintaining a fresh and dynamic approach which gives a strong live dimension to the new songs."
US power metallers, Avian, have posted an acoustic version of their song "Beyond The Hallowed Gates" on their MySpace page. The song was from a 30 minute unplugged performance on KFAI radio in Minneapolis, which can be heard here (the set starts 52 minutes into the show).
Virginia metallers, Steelheart, have announced the following tour dates in support of their new album, "Good 2B Alive:"
2/13 - The Brixton - Redonda Beach, CA
2/14 - Santa Fe Casino - Las Vegas, NV
2/15 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
More dates to be announced soon.
British doom metal legends Warning have confirmed that the band will be coming to an end. Speculation of the bands demise had been circulating for sometime and founder Patrick Walker today confirmed the split with the following announcement:
"The decision to discontinue Warning has been both a pain and a purgation to me. For the past two years or so, Warning has been a considerably important part of my life, what with travelling and playing shows, writing new music and a gradual but increasing interest in the band, largely helped by Cyclone Empire’s rereleasing of both records and making them for the first time easily obtainable to people.
"However, I started the band in 1994. I was a different person when I began playing with Warning; I had different musical objectives; different ideals; different influences and inspirations. Now in order to make music that retains some semblance of integrity and wholeness I realise I need to move on. This shouldn’t be thought of as 'the end' of something; I have, after all, been the sole remaining original member of the band in its most recent line-up for almost a year now; in this respect Warning is little more than a band name. So before I complete work on what will be the material for the next album, I need a new band; a new context within which to work.
"I hope people continue their interest in my music, and all further information concerning it will be officially made known through Cyclone Empire with whom I am very happy to say I will continue to work as originally proposed, so please look no further than these pages for more news."
Spiritus Mortis have announced that their new singer is Sami Hynninen, also known as Albert Witchfinder (Reverend Bizarre)
Spiritus Mortis is currently finishing their third album, due to be released before the summer via Firebox Records. Before the album is available, a 7" single will be released.
Reunited American thrash metallers Whiplash are the latest act to be confirmed for Germany's infamous Wacken festival. The festival has already sold out and will be taking place between July 30th and August 1st.
The lineup is now as follows:
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
KINGDOM OF SORROW
AXEL RUDI PELL
WALLS OF JERICHO
Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn recently spoke with KansasCity.com regarding the bands future and proved that he's extremely optomistic about where Slipknot's future lies. "I think we’re going to overtake Metallica. We’re going to overtake any band that sells out soccer arenas in Europe. We’re going to do it. We’re the last chance as far as the world goes."
He continued: "We haven’t even made our 'Black' record yet, wait until we do that. It’s over, dude."
Despite his claims, frontman Corey Taylor has in the past been less positive about the band's future, declaring a few years back when the band was touring in support of "Vol.3" that the band would probably do one more record and then quit in case they became a weaker version of themselves.
Dutch folk/Viking metallers, Elexorien have announced a South American tour with fellow Dutch death metal band God Dethroned. The tour schedule is currently as follows:
09/03 - Santo Andre-SP, Catedral Bar (BRA)
09/04 - Opera 1, Curitiba-PR (BRA)
09/05 - Hangar 110, Sao Paolo-SP (BRA)
09/06 - Campinas–SP, Hammer Rock Bar (BRA)
09/07 - tba, Botucatu-SP (BRA)
09/09 - tba, Ica (PER)
09/11 - tba, Huancayo (PER)
09/12 - tba, Lima (PER)
09/13 - tba, Trujillo (PER)
09/15 - tba, Cuenca (ECU)
09/16 - tba, Quito (ECU)
09/18 - Alterno Bar, Cali (COL)
09/19 - Aula Multiple Porvenir, Rionegro-Antioquia (COL)
09/20 - Club Gotika , Bogota (COL) More...
Guitarist Tomas Elofsson, of Swedish death metal band, Sanctification, has issued the following update regarding the possible cancellation of their upcoming gig at the House Of Metal Festival in Umeå, Sweden on February 28th:
"We have some sad news regarding this gig. We might have to cancel that gig due to drummer problems. The drummer that we were to use have a lot to do right now and it doesn't look good at the moment. This is a shitty situation to say the least but what can we do?" More...
Irish rockers THE ANSWER have premiered, exclusively through Spin.com, an MP3 for the song "Demon Eyes." The song is the opening track off their forthcoming North American debut album, "Everyday Demons." The album will be released on March 31. The track is available for downloading, posting, and sharing at this location.
ISIS, the Los Angeles by way of Boston band, has set a May 5 release date for their anticipated new album, "Wavering Radiant" (Ipecac Recordings). The album, produced by Joe Baressi (Tool, Queens off The Stone Age), will see a limited edition vinyl version released on Apr. 21. Tool's Adam Jones contributed guitar to two songs from the new release. More details will be revealed as the release date approaches.
Chillicothe, Ohio’s WOE OF TYRANTS will be hitting the road in support of their Metal Blade debut, "Kingdom of Might," which was released on January 6th. Support on current dates up to February 13th is coming from Adversary, Brother Von Doom, and Destroy Destroy Destroy. After WOE OF TYRANTS finish up the current tour, they will head out alongside label mates Psyopus in addition to Burning The Masses and Salt The Wound starting February 20th in South Bend, IN.
The band has also posted the track, "Sounding Jerusalem," off of "Kingdom of Might," on their MySpace page. A video for the track "Fangs" is currently being made and will be released next month. More...
The Answer is rapidly becoming one of the hottest bands in the rock world today, securing support slots with the likes of AC/DC and Aerosmith and touring extensively. The band will be releasing their second album soon and we caught up with them to find out more about the new album as well as the origins of the band and what the future holds. More...
In addition to their recently announced dates in Australia, death metal legends Morbid Angel will also be heading to New Zealand in May.
The tour schedule is as follows:
30 - Transmission Room - Auckland, New Zealand
1 - Billboards Nightclub - Melbourne, Australia
3 - Capitol - Perth, Australia
5 - The Metro - Sydney, Australia
7 - The Arena - Brisbane, Australia
Brutal Truth has finished work on their first full length album in ten years, "Evolution Through Revolution." The album was recorded at Watchmen Studios in Lockport, New York and will be released on April 14th in North America via Relapse Records. An international release date of April 30th has also been set.
Bass player Danny Lilker says: "Brutal Truth has worked our asses off to write and arrange some of the sickest, most inhuman grindcore ever created. With Jason PC from Blood Duster handling the mix we’re positive that the music and production on Evolution Through Revolution will satisfy the cravings of the sickest bastards out there. Enjoy!"
Powerman 5000 has posted a new song online entitled "Super Villain." You can check it out by heading to http://pm5k.mightyloud.com/. The band are currently touring North America.
Reunited British death metal legends Carcass has announced some more dates in the United States this year.
The bands current tour schedule is as follows:
March 21 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
w/ Suicide Silence, Suffocation, Whitechapel, Veil of Maya, Beneath The Massacre, Arsis, Samael, Decripit Birth, Psycroptic
March 22 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
w/ Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Pinhead
March 24 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
March 28 - Anaheim, CA @ Grove of Anaheim
w/ Suffocation, The Faceless, Whitechapel, Samael, Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Veil of Maya, Psycroptic
Maryland instrumental metal band Admiral Browning will be touring the South and Midwest this spring with with Across Tundras and Husky. The routing is listed below, with some dates needing to be solidified still. Contact the band on their MySpace page if you can help.
Friday May 15th - Columbus Ohio @ Smaell's w/ LO PAN and ACROSS TUNDRAS
Saturday May 16th - Detroit ? TBA w/ ACROSS TUNDRAS (need help)
Sunday May 17th - Chicago ? TBA w/ ACROSS TUNDRAS (need help)
Monday May 18th - Milwaukee ? TBA w/ ACROSS TUNDRAS (need help )
Tuesday May 19th - Minneapolis ? TBA w/ ACROSS TUNDRAS (need help )
Wedensday May 20th - Des Moines ?TBA w/ ACROSS TUNDRAS(need help)
Thursday May 21st - Kansas City ? TBA w/ ACROSS TUNDRAS (need help )
Friday May 22nd - St Louis ? TBA w/ ACROSS TUDRAS (need help)
Saturday May 23rd - Nashville @ The Springwater Tavern w/ ACROSS TUDRAS and HUSKY
Sunday May 24th Birmingham or Atlanta ? TBA w/ HUSKY (need help )
Monday May 25th Asheville NC or Columbia SC ? TBA (need help )
Tuesday May 26th - Columbia SC or Asheville NC ? TBA (need help )
Wedensday May27th - Charlotte or Greensboro ? TBA (need help )
Thursday May 28th - Raliegh NC @ Volume 11
Friday May 29th - Richmond VA ? TBA (need help )
Saturday May 30th - Washington DC @ Velvet Lounge w/ AMBITION BURNING