Metal News for January 22, 2010
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Fabian Kahwati, guitarist/vocalist for Melbourne metal band Nothing, has announced his departure from the band. In a press released, Kahwati commented:
“So after 5 years since this beast was created, its time for me to move on. Thanks to all who listened to Nothing and supported us. Has been fuckin awesome. The band will continue and the guys will be filling my shoes (not a hard task!) and I leave as the best of friends with the lads.
“Please stay in touch with them, please listen to them, and please buy the goddamn album that took one and half years to get out!”
You can check out some of Nothing's music on their MySpace player.
Romanian black metallers Negura Bunget are currently streaming a new sample track online from their upcoming album "Maiestrit." The song "A-vînt în abis" can be heard through the official Negura Bunget MySpace page.
Negura Bunget also have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Maryland metallers Periphery have issued the following statement about parting ways with their previous vocalist:
"Hey Guys, we thought it would be appropriate to clear the air a little bit in regards to our singer situation. There's no bad blood between the members of Periphery and Chris, it just wasn't working out for a number of reasons all of which will remain private to the band and Chris. We wish him the absolute best because he is a talented front man and a great dude. Our hope is that our fans embrace this decision and realize things like this happen for a reason and not because we're trying to change our sound or for any arbitrary reasons."
Samples of Periphery's music can be found at their MySpace page.
Razorback Recordings has issued the following update about signing a record deal with Blizaro:
"Razorback welcomes Blizaro to its domain of the macabre! Blizaro play incredible and mind-blowing Horror film-influenced synth/progressive rock mixed with 70's doom metal to create an original sound that's catchy, moody, and brilliant. Imagine the horrific sounds of Goblin crossed over with Witchfinder General and Pentagram, along with a ton of gloomy Moog synthesizers and hypnotizing, fuzzed up metal riffs and you get one hell of a sound that will leave you spellbound! Razorback will be releasing a brand new full-length CD from Blizaro sometime this Spring! Keep checking for updates, and take a look at the band's official page for mp3's and info!"
Reunited Belgium metal band Channel Zero has issued the following update:
"Channel Zero released its new single 'Black Flowers' today with the help of internationally acclaimed guitarist Mikey Doling (ex-Soulfly, SNOT). The single itself will be for sale this Friday 22th January, but it is already available NOW on iTunes."
"This Friday, Channel Zero will embark on a series of 6 sold-out concerts at the Ancienne Belgique. The AB Ticketshop organizes an exchange on 22 January to join people find and sell tickets. It is only meant for Channel Zero tickets for the 22th January concert."
"For those who didn't manage to get hold of a ticket for one of these sold-out shows : Channel Zero will be performing at Graspop 2010, Belgian's biggest metal festival."
Greek extreme metallers Rotting Christ have issued the following update about joining Bolt Thrower on their upcoming European tour:
"We are honored as a band to announce our participation in the forthcoming Bolt Thrower’s European tour. Having be chosen from the band itself as the main support act (We are pleased to announce the first bands accompanying us on our short tour in April/May. Support on the whole tour comes from the mighty Greek veterans, Rotting Christ!) Fill us with a responsibility sensation and we promise to our fans around that we will stand modestly in the Bolt Thrower’s battle field."
The currently confirmed dates with Bolt Thrower are as follows:
4/29 Atak- Enschede (HOLLAND)
4/30 013- Tilburg- Neurotic Deathfest (HOLLAND)
5/1 Ulu-London (ENGLAND)
5/2 Button Factory-Dublin (IRELAND)
5/3 Limelight- Belfast (NORTHERN IRELAND)
5/4 Rio’s- Leeds (ENGLAND)
5/5 Central Station -Wrexham (WALES)
5/6 Asylum-Birmingham (ENGLAND)
5/7 Trabendo-Paris (FRANCE)
5/8 C.C.O.- Lyon (FRANCE)
5/9 Trix Zaal (Hof Ter Lo)- Antwerpen (BELGIUM)
5/11 Progresja- Warsaw (POLAND)
5/12 Abaton-Prague (CHECH REPUBLIC)
5/13 Metal Fest Germany -Dessau(GERMANY)
5/14 Metal Fest Austria-Mining am Inn (AUSTRIA)
5/15 Metal Fest Switzerland- Prateln (HELVETIA)
5/16 Kulturfabrik –Luxemburg (LUXEMBURG)
Finnish black metal band Wyrd has signed with American label Moribund Records and are currently recording their upcoming album, "Death of the Sun," which will be released by the label later this year.
Theatre of Tragedy has issued the following statement about their upcoming tour dates:
"The dates are done. These are the only tour dates in Europa planned so far so be sure to try to catch one of the shows. We are also proud to present our special guests for this tour: Where Angels Fall from Norway. They have previously done shows with us here in Norway and are a really cool band. We hope to see as many of you people out there for these shows. The 'Forever is the World' tour edition will be released on march 4th, in a limited edition with the 'Addenda EP' as a special bonus CD. This will be limited to 2000 copies!"
Theatre of Tragedy's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
12.03.2010 Berlin, K17 (GER)
13.03.2010 Sittard, Fenix (NL)
14.03.2010 London, Underworld (UK)
15.03.2010 Paris (F), La Scene Bastille
16.03.2010 Frankfurt (GER), Batschkapp
17.03.2010 to be announced.
18.03.2010 Barcelona, Salamandra (E)
19.03.2010 Madrid, Caracol (E)
20.03.2010 Lisbon, Cine Teatro Corroios (PT)
Los Angeles goth rock band Dommin is gearing up for the February 2nd release of their debut album "Love is Gone" by offering a free streaming track off the new album every Friday. This week's track is "Dark Holiday," a song frontman and lyricist Kristofer Dommin explain it's origin, "This song came about from the piano riff Konstantine would play at band rehearsals all the time as a warm-up. Eventually we sat down together and turned it into a song that has become a fan favorite." Listen to the track below:
Spanish thrash metal band Killem has signed to Noisehead Records. The new album "REFLECTIONS OF DECLINE" will be released in April 2010. The new album was recorded at Portuguese Ultrasound Studios with producer Daniel Cardoso.
Vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid of Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork has issued the following update discussing their new album:
"After a long but intense absence, I'm back giving you a little report on what's going on in the Soilwork camp. We have just wrapped up the last songs on the new record and i have a constant smile on my face. The title of the new album will be 'THE PANIC BROADCAST.' I'm so stoked to record this new album and i feel it's gonna be quite a challenge for everybody in the band. So how's it sounding?"
"Here's my personal take: I feel it's bigger than life to use an old cliché, but seriously, if any of you for some reason have missed some of that intricate riffing that made Soilwork unique, won't have to wait very long. I feel this record is very playful and we're not cutting down on anything, no 'is this too much information' -consideration, no 'less is more,' just pure musical joy with no boundaries, THAT'S to me what it's all about. Obviously there's gonna be some surprises like always but giving every member of this band the freedom to go apeshit, will make this record a heavy and naturally catchy one. More solos? -Check, Insane riffing?-Check, Melodic vocals?-Check, Screamy vocals?-Check, Progressive keyboards?-Check, Best metal drummer in the world?-Check, will Flink dance while recording his bass tracks, like they were nothing?-Check. Drums will be recorded in Asheville NC, starting this Saturday. Keep your eyes open for an online studio report, join us and watch every step of the new album taking form! 'THE PANIC BROADCAST' IS UPON US!"
RAGNAROK has announced the following Russian tour dates, entitled "Collectors of The King RUSSIAN TOUR 2010:"
13.02 - Moscow "Plan B"
14.02 - Rostov-on-Don "Podzemka"
16.02 - Voronezh "Tarantul"
18.02 - Nizhny-Novgorod "Rocco"
19.02 - Tjumen "Berloga"
20.02 - Ekaterinburg "Nirvanna"
22.02 - Cheljabinsk "Iskra
Swedish metal band Dark Funeral has issued the following update regarding their upcoming European tour dates:
"We are proud to announce that Italian NEFARIUM will be the 3rd support act that will join our massive crusade throughout Europe in March/April 2010! That means that the bill is complete, finally! New and final banners are available too. You’ll find links here below."
"Beside the tour, we are ready to announce a couple of festival dates for summer 2010. You’ll find the dates below."
"Please note: Since the last update, there’s been some slight changes in the routing. Here’s the last update!" More...
GORGOROTH (nor) has announced that GRAVDAL (nor) will support them on their upcoming European tour with KEEP OF KALESSIN. The tour dates are as follows:
09.04.2010 - Belgium, Vosselaar @ Biebob
10.04.2010 - Holland, Rotterdam @ Baroeg
11.04.2010 - France, Paris @ Trabendo
12.04.2010 - Germany, Hamburg @ Marx
13.04.2010 - Germany, Cologne @ Underground
14.04.2010 - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
15.04.2010 - Italy, Milan @ Magazzini Generali
16.04.2010 - Germany, Osnabrück @ N8
17.04.2010 - Germany, Glauchau @ Alte Spinnerei
Denver, CO extreme metal band ENEMY REIGN will play a hometown show with death metal bands Nile, Immolation, Krisiun and Dreaming Dead on Monday, January 25, 2010 at the Bluebird Theater [3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO]. View tour poster here.
In related news, the band will release their "Means To A Dead End EP" in Europe through Neurotic Records. The EP was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al) in 2008 and, until now, was self-distributed through the ENEMY REIGN online webstore. The European version of this EP will contain one newly recorded exclusive bonus track entitled "If The Truth Hurts...Suffer," as well as exclusive art work. More...
At A Loss Recordings metal band RAISE THE RED LANTERN will hit the road this week on their way to join the later half of the ongoing Translation Loss Records Tour with Battlefields and City of Ships. The band also meet up with Racebannon, Struck By Lightning, Chord and Mouth of the Architect. RAISE THE RED LANTERN tour dates are as follows:
1/24/2010 Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN w/ Coffinworm, Racebannon
1/25/2010 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH w/ Battlefields, City of Ships
1/26/2010 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Battlefields, City of Ships, Struck by Lightning,
1/27/2010 Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL w/ Chord, Battlefields
1/28/2010 The Afterdark - Steven’s Point, WI w/ Battlefields, City of Ships
1/29/2010 Eagles Nest - Milwaukee, WI w/ Mouth of the Architect, Northless, Savior For A Fallen Hero
1/30/2010 The Picador - Iowa City, IA w/ Snow Demon, Identity Crisis
2/13/2010 Elva's - South Bend, IN w/ Mouth of the Architect
New York based death metal band IMMOLATION has posted a brand new song called "The Purge" on their MySpace page.
Ross Dolan comments, "It was a unanimous decision to choose 'The Purge' as the first song off of 'Majesty and Decay' to debut to the world. It is the first song on the record and we think it really sets the tone for the rest of the album. 'The Purge' is an extremely aggressive and angry song that really has so many elements to it, and it is the perfect opening track as well because it takes the listener through some of the many moods and feelings contained within the album. It is a very extreme song in many ways and showcases all of the classic IMMOLATIONN elements. Lyrically the song takes the concept we started developing on 'World Agony' and expands upon it, taking it to the next level in a very extreme way. We really liked the idea behind "World Agony" and wanted to expand upon it, so when we began the process of writing lyrics for the new record while in the studio, I had the title and a loose concept for 'The Purge' and we expanded upon it. 'The Purge' is a condemning song that takes an ugly look at mankind and forces us to open our eyes and accept responsibility for our actions. It is a very dark song with lots of emotion that I think will grab the listener right from the opening notes."
The song comes off the bands upcoming record "Majesty And Decay" which will be released on March 5, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
System Of A Down has released "the FOREST project," a compilation of Greg Watermann's live photography, edited to a mash-up of their songs. Check out the video below.
Georgia metallers Black Tusk have been confirmed for the 2010 Scion Rock Fest to be held Saturday, March 13th in Columbus, OH. This free event will be held across four different venues (Circus, Skully's, Newport Music Hall, and Bernie's Distillery) along Columbus' N. High St., near the Ohio State University campus. Complete festival details and RSVP information can be found here.
Black Tusk is currently working on recording their Relapse debut, tentatively titled "Taste The Sin." The band is recording at the Jam Room Recording Studio in Columbia, SC with engineers Jay Matheson and Steve Slavich. A spring release date is expected with more details to be announced shortly.
Rob Zombie has posted a new music video online for the song "Sick Bubblegum," which is off the upcoming "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" album. The video clip can be viewed below. "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" is currently scheduled for a February 2nd, 2010 release date.
Sweden's Sonic Syndicate have announced that they plan to release a new full-length album in 2010. The band is now seeking fan feedback on what to title the upcoming album. Fans can leave a comment for the band regarding the new album title at their Facebook page. Sonic Syndicate also have the following upcoming tour dates:
1/29 2010 BANDIT ROCK AWARDS STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
2/25 2010 CLOSE UP BÅTEN 2010 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
2/27 2010 FALKHALLEN FALKENBERG, SWEDEN
4/1 2010 ROCK CAFE TALLINN, ESTONIA
4/2 2010 ORLANDINA SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
4/3 2010 TELE CLUB EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA
4/4 2010 BLACK AND WHITE PERM, RUSSIA
4/6 2010 DK ISKRA CHELYABINSK , RUSSIA
4/11 2010 ROCCO CLUB NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA
UVTV has posted a couple live videos of WHITE WIZZARD from their recent show at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago IL. The videos are for their tracks “40 Deuces” and “Out Of Control” and can be seen at the UVTV Website.
Joe Ptacek, best known for his work as the lead singer of death metal outfit Broken Hope, sadly passed away on Wednesday from what appears to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. He was only thirty seven years old. A message from his former bandmate Jeremy Wagner reads as follows:
"It's with profound sadness and shock that [I report that] my friend and former bandmate — Joe Ptacek — has died.
"Joe was my high-school friend who formed a death-metal band with me called Broken Hope. We always dreamed of putting out albums and touring the world. After graduating, we achieved a lot of those dreams and released five albums, performed worldwide, appeared in countless international magazines and did a video for MTV. We were on Metal Blade Records and met all of our heroes and performed everywhere…
"Not bad for two teenagers out of Wildwood, Illinois. More...
Finland's ROTTEN SOUND will join ABORTED and THE RED CHORD for the ‘Machines Of Grind' tour, a three-week co-headlining European tour. This tour will kick-off in mid-April and also include stops at the Neurotic Death Fest and Revolution Fest Open Air.
The three bands will also co-headline through the United Kingdom April 18th through 22nd as the ‘Terrorizer Tour-ture' as presented by Terrorizer Magazine. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.
Additionally, ROTTEN SOUND we see an EP release this March via Relapse. The EP, Napalm, will feature three brand new ROTTEN SOUND tracks in addition to three NAPALM DEATH covers. Additional album details, including track listing, will be announced shortly. More...
New York thrash metal band Castrofate has issued the following update regarding their search for a lead guitarist:
"CASTROFATE are in the studio recording the 3rd album with James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist -- producing and also playing lead guitar solos on the album)"
"We need a guitarist who is capable of playing James Murphy solos, who is into Metallica-styled metal/thrash metal, and preferably someone who lives in Connecticut as we practice at our studio in Meriden, Connecticut. If you live on Long Island I can drive us up or pick you up if you're along the way." More...
Lord Tim has been temporarily relieved from his guitar duties in LORD due to an ongoing hand and wrist problem for many years which has now taken the better of him. Lord Tim is now searching for a temporary guitarist to fill his shoes (not literally) on stage while Tim will take up microphone duties until his hand and wrist problem is resolved and healed.
Lord Tim released this statement on the band’s official forum:
"So… it’s no secret at all that I’ve got some big issues with my hands that have been ongoing for quite a few years. LORD’s momentum (and Dungeon’s before it) prevented me from taking any breaks when things started to hurt, so in the true tradition of this band, when things got tough, I gritted my teeth and just got on with the job.
"That’s been great for LORD and it’s meant we’ve gone from strength to strength since our first gig in early 2006, and it’s put us in a great position to do some amazing things this year. Unfortunately for me, all of that hard work has put me in a worse place than ever when it comes to the ability to actually play my instrument.
"This last year has been very full-on. We’ve been on tour constantly from March, the first part of the tour also had the final part of the Set In Stone album being recorded simultaneously, so between both of those things and the other session work I’ve done in between touring and recording our own stuff, I noticed my hands getting progressively sorer and sorer until it got to the point where I thought it would be a good idea to get a professional to look at it.
"The doctor pretty much confirmed what I’d known for a while – I need to take a lengthy break from guitar playing. The long and short of it is this: if I don’t take a lengthy break – and soon – I’ve probably got about a year of use out of my hands before I injure myself permanently and my career as a guitarist is essentially over.
"Dunno about you guys, but I’d be pretty sad about that, and we have some pretty cool things coming up that I’d like to actually be playing guitar on instead of rubbing my injured fingers and watching from the sidelines being miserable!
"That brings me to the point of this post: We’re after a guitarist to fill in temporarily for me while I rest my hands, and I take the mic as a singer only. Not sure how long it’ll be for, but the doctor suggested at least six months to a year to get them back on track. I’d like to think it won’t take anywhere near that long, but I need to do what I need to do at the end of the day.
"This is the tricky bit: finding someone to fit our very specific criteria. Keen for the job? Read on!
"We need someone that:
* Knows or can learn a LORD set quickly (which consists of LORD and Dungeon material, plus some cover songs)
* Is a very competent lead guitarist that can not only shred well, but can play in a tasteful manner, and is also a tight rhythm player
* Is able to rehearse in Wollongong once a week
* Is able to take time off work/study to do shows both local and nationally
* Is 18+ with no issues (drugs/alcoholic/moron/ego/anger problems/etc.)
* Is doing it for the love and not the money, ‘cos basically there ain’t any!
"LORD will pay for your flights, hotels, etc. when we tour – just get yourself to the airport or venue and pay for your own food and the band will look after the rest. We’ll have equipment for you to use on tour (to keep the sounds consistent with our regular sound), all you need is your guitar and your talent.
"You guys know the deal about who we are and what we do, and what you’d have to be able to do in order to do my parts, so if you aren’t up to the task, please don’t get in touch because we only have a very limited amount of time each day to try people out to see if you’re suitable. And knowing what kind of exposure you’d get, it could be a good way of promoting your own band or projects because we’d go out of our way to make sure people are aware of who you are if you get the job.
"Interested applicants, either PM me here at Ultimate Metal, or send me a message on my Facebook or MySpace page or whatever and let me know a bit about yourself. And please feel free to pass this around to anyone you think might be keen and up for the job.
"Cheers for listening, everyone! Hopefully we get this all sorted out ASAP and we’ll be back to normal in no time. Either way, this won’t be slowing LORD down this year – expect some cool announcements very soon with our plans for the year. See you all on the road, with or without a guitar in my hand!"
If you think you have what it takes, follow the links below to contact the band:
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced that, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's first album, "Wildcat," they will be re-recording five songs from the album for a special EP release. The EP will be recorded at the end of January and will be available exclusively through the band's official website and at concerts in March and will be limited to only 1000 copies.
The songs will be re-arranged to utilise modern technology and recorded by the 2010 lineup of:
Rob Weir - guitars
Dean Robertson - guitars
Brian West - bass
Craig Ellis - drums
Jacopo Meille - vocals
The songs to be included are:
"Slaves To Freedom"
"Don't Touch Me There"
Heavy metal outfit Fozzy, featuring WWE superstar Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo founder Rich Ward, has announced that they will be appearing at J&R Music World (23 Park Row - across from City Hall Park) on January 29th to sign copies of their brand new studio album, "Chasing The Grail." The signing will begin at 5pm. "Chasing The Grail" is Fozzy's fourth studio album and will be available everywhere by January 26th through Riot! Entertainment.
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced that he will be heading down under this summer to perform a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand. This is part of his huge world tour of 2010 which will also see his return to the United States.
The Australian/New Zealand dates are as follows: More...
This week Axl Rose (Guns N Roses) and Slash traded tweets via Twitter related to getting the band back together. Slash started with a post related to putting together a concert to help the effort in Haiti. Axl took this to mean to put back the original GNR lineup and blasted Slash for using this tragedy as an excuse. Slash responded, clarifying his intent of raising money with a concert of many bands, not reuniting GNR. Always needing the last word it is rumored that Axl then followed up with a tweet that said simply: OK… More...
Them Crooked Vultures will return to Southern California as part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 16, 2010. Other relevant bands on the bill include Baroness, Dillinger Escape Plan, Faith No More, Coheed and Cambria, Les Claypool, and Porcupine Tree among loads of bands from other genres. You can check out the entire lineup here. For more information and tickets, go to coachella.com.
Legendary thrash act Slayer recently canceled their planned tour dates with Megadeth due to vocalist Tom Araya undergoing back surgery. Slayer has now announced a series or rescheduled European dates, with new North American dates to be announced in the near future. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
05.26.10 Leeds, England o2 Academy
05.27.10 Glasgow, Scotland Barrowland
05.29.10 Birmingham, England o2 Academy
05.30.10 Manchester, England Academy
05.31.10 Nottingham, England Rock City
06.02.10 London, UK The Forum
06.03.10 London, UK The Forum
06.05.10 Nurburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring AlternaStage
06.06.10 Nurnburg, Germany Rock Im Park AlternaStage
06.07.10 Hamburg, Germany Docks
06.08.10 Bochum, Germany Ruhrcongress
06.12.10 Nickelsdorf, Austria NovaRock Festival
06.13.10 Munich, Germany Zenith
06.14.10 Cologne, Germany Live Music Hall
06.16.10 Warsaw, Poland Sonisphere Festival: Bemowo Airport
06.18.10 Zurich Switzerland Sonisphere Festival: Degenaupark
06.19.10 Prague, Czech Republic Sonishphere Festival: Prague Mimon Airport
06.24.10 Athens, Greece Sonishphere Festival: Terra Vibe
06.25.10 Bucharest, Romania Sonishphere Festival: La Katarg
06.27.10 Istanbul, Turkey Sonishphere Festival: Inonu Stadium
06.29.10 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
06.30.10 Milan, Italy Alcatraz More...
New York based extreme metal act Suffocation recently stopped by the studios of Fuel TV to perform two songs for “The Daily Habit." Watch the band perform the tracks “Cataclysmic Purification," which can be viewed below, and "Blood Oath,” which can be found after the jump.
Florida's The Absence have posted the second in a series of video reports from their time recording "Enemy Unbound" in Erik Rutan's Mana Studios in St. Petersburg. The video clip can be viewed below.
New York metallers Flourishing have announced that their debut EP "A Momentary Sense Of The Immediate World" will be released on March 30th, 2010 through Path Less Traveled Records. The track listing for the EP will be as follows:
3. Watching Sparrows
4. Feeling So at Ease
5. Snake Charmer
The track "Feeling So at Ease" is currently available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.