Metal News for January 24, 2011
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Mercenary has issued the following announcement about releasing the "Metamorphosis" album in North America through Prosthetic Records:
"Hot damn! We're proud to announce that we have inked a deal with Prosthetic Records for the release of 'Metamorphosis' in the US & Canada!
"The album with be released in North America on the 29th of March (with a possible earlier digital release - info to follow). The US version will feature an alternative front cover & the kick ass bonus track 'Incorporate Your Demons.' Pre-orders incl. new shirts are up now!"
Most unsigned bands I talk to, regardless of their location, seem to uniformly agree on one thing: their local scene sucks. While I'm sure that's sometimes the case, I'll bet that it often isn't; it's a commonly held misconception by struggling bands that somewhere in the world there are magical cities where ordinary folks flock to see local bands in droves. While this is a nice little fantasy, such a place doesn't actually exist, but it doesn't mean that all of your local scenes suck. Bands are just looking at it the wrong way. Any strong scene is made up of the BANDS themselves, not random non-musician fans. It's about bands supporting other bands, putting together shows, coming out to see each other, teaming up. That's what makes a strong scene, not how many hot girls show up.
NYC's metal scene is currently brimming with talent. This doesn't mean, of course, that folks flock by the hundreds to see local band bills. For the most part, audiences are comprised of bands coming out to support other bands, and on any given night you'll find a modest but strong crowd at a number of simultaneously happening metal shows.
To showcase the caliber of talent in NYC's metal scene to the rest of the world, we at MetalSucks decided to release a free digital compilation called "NYC Sucks." We had so many great bands on the table that we were forced to split it up into two volumes, to be released a month apart. Metal Underground.com has graciously given me the opportunity to showcase three of the bands on the comp never before covered on this site. All of the bands covered today are on Volume 1, available now.
The first time I saw Wizardry, their costumes and performance were so over the top that I was seriously convinced the dudes who set up their gear were hired roadies. That the venue was the dark, dank basement of Lit Lounge -- which holds 30 people in front of the stage, tops -- made this premise even more ridiculous. Of course it turned out that it was just the dudes in the band, pre-costume, but that should underscore how much effort they put into their live show. Wizardry plays a brand of metal that's a healthy mix of traditional and stoner, like what White Wizzard (see what I did there?) might sound like if they smoked crazy amounts of weed.
Kamelot has issued the following statement about recruiting Amaranthe's Elize Ryd again for the band's upcoming tour dates:
"We are pleased to announce that Swedish female vocalist Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) will join Kamelot again, this time on their European and South American tour dates. Elize joins the band on this very special and unique tour that includes some special guests singers like Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), Simone Simons (Epica) and many more."
Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood adds: "I am very pleased to hear that Elize will be touring with us again, she toured with us for the entire year of 2010 and was amazing at every show!"
Elize also stated: "I am very exited about going on tour with Kamelot, I had so much fun during the 2010 performances on all the great stages with this awesome band in front of all their amazing fans! It’s a real honor to be able to do that once again!"
Elize’s band Amaranthe will also be on the billing along with Evergrey and Sons of Seasons.
Amorphis has checked in with the following update about working on a new album:
"Dear fans, a little update on what’s happening in camp Amorphis. The album recordings are advancing straight and smoothly (whatever that means). We are now working on the vocals and again we have Marco Hietala producing Tomi. This time everything else has been done at Sonic Pump Studios except for the vocals, which are currently in the works at Marco’s home studio in Kuopio.
"We are emerging with roughly 15 new songs and on the album there’s most likely going to be 10-11 tracks. It’s again a great feeling to start realizing that the songs and ideas which have been in our heads are finally going to see the light of day. Pekka Kainulainen has worked really hard on the lyrics. The album is going to tell the story of the most important character of Finnish mythology and folklore. He is Finnish god Väinämöinen, who was described to be an extremely powerful, wise old man who had a magical voice. Some believe that Väinämöinen was the creator of the world, an ancient hero and a very influential shaman.
"Having a subject as strong as this, it was pretty obvious that making music for the album was going to be a challenge. There are lots of musical elements that have been heard on previous albums, but there is also much more. Needless to say, we are keen to hand all the material over to Mikko Karmila, who is going to start the mixing at the end of this month. Travis Smith is currently working on the album cover and the coming artwork so far looks no less than amazing. Stay tuned folks!"
The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further twenty more names for this year's event, in addition to the previously confirmed bands Linkin Park, System of A Down, Rob Zombie and Avenged Sevenfold. The festival will be held at Donington park from June 10th-12th.
The lineup is now as follows:
Black Veil Brides
Bullet For My Valentine
Escape The Fate
The Gaslight Anthem
Rise To Remain
System Of A Down
The Damned Things
Vocalist Steve Lee of Swiss act Gotthard passed away in October of 2010 after being involved in a motorcycle crash. Nuclear Blast has now issued the following announcement about Gotthard and Ex Libris donating record sales profits to the Roadcross Foundation:
"On Sunday, January 16th, Ex Libris Business Manager Daniel Röthlin and Gotthard Bassist Marc Lynn handed over a check of CHF 75'000 to the Roadcross Foundation at the Kaufleuten in Zürich. The amount of the donation is yielded from the quantity of Gotthard records sold at all Ex Libris stores between October 5th and December 31st 2010.
"2 CHF per sold Gotthard CD was added to the donation and given to the non-profit Roadcross Foundation. This Steve Lee Memorial action is supported by Gotthard as well as by Musikvertrieb AG who will both also additionally round off the donation. Roadcross expresses their thanks to all those who made this generous donation possible, a very much welcome and needed help and contribution to victims of road accidents.
"The decision to make a donation to a organization dealing with accident prevention and handling was taken, without going public by Gotthard and the Business Management of Ex Libris, only a few days after Steve Lees tragic accident. Many thanks to all the fans who contributed to this action."
U.K. metal act Hell is set to release "Human Remains" on May 13th, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The record label issued the following statement about the band:
"Cited as a huge indirect influence, and as one of the true founding fathers of occult metal, the band formed in 1982 from the carcasses of UK metal bands Race Against Time and Parelex, whose ‘White Lightning’ EP was listed by Metallica as a favourite, and which was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich, Geoff Barton ‘NWOBHM ’79 Revisited’ sampler album.
"Despite over five years of constant touring, the band were cruelly overlooked by the ’80’s music press, who just didn’t get it. Hell were too different, too extreme, too musically intelligent and far too thought-provoking for all but the most enlightened to understand them. The final crushing blow came when their long-awaited 1986 album deal with Mausoleum collapsed as the label went bankrupt, followed by the tragic suicide of singer/guitarist, Dave Halliday in 1987. The remaining members drew a line in the sand and stopped playing overnight.
"A teenage Andy Sneap was a permanent fixture on the front row of almost every show Hell played and was also taught to play guitar by Halliday. He then went on to form Sabbat and become a renowned metal producer. Upon meeting again, the remaining members of Hell - Kev Bower (guitar/keys), Tony Speakman (bass) and Tim Bowler (drums) talked with Andy about re-recording the old material to release in conjunction with the old demos. With Sneap replacing Halliday on guitar and David Bower on vocals, the band has recorded 10 Hell classics from the 80’s."
Death Angel has posted a music video online for the song "River of Rapture," which is off the band's "Relentless Retribution" album. The video clip can be viewed below.
Neuraxis has posted in-studio footage online from the band's time recording the new album "Asylon." You can check out the video clip below. "Asylon" is set for release on February 15th, 2011.
Belgium's Signs of Darkness has posted a video clip online for the song "Envy," which is off the band's "The Fall of Amen" album. You can view the music video below.
Seven Thorns has posted several video clips online featuring guitarist Gabriel performing solos from the band's material. You can check out the first video below and the rest after the jump.
Dir En Grey is set to release the new single "Lotus" on January 26th, 2011. The band has posted a teaser trailer for the single, which can be viewed in the clip below.
Swedish occult rock act Graveyard is set to release the album "Hisingen Blues" through Nuclear Blast on March 25th, 2011. The band will be revealing the cover artwork for the new album in stages, and the first part can be viewed at this locaiton.
You can check out the title track for the new album through the band's MySpace profile. A 7" picture vinyl single including the title track and the non-album song "Granny and Davis" is also set for release on February 25th, 2011.
Serj Tankian has posted a music video online for the song "Reconstructive Demonstrations," which is from the "Imperfect Harmonies" release. You can check out the video clip below.
New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "My Life, My Way." You can check it out below. The album will be the band's first since 2007's, "Warriors" and was produced by Madball vocalist Freddy Cricien, who is also the younger brother of Agnostic Front singer Roger Miret. The band has also revealed the tracklisting for the album, which is as follows:
"More Than a Memory"
"Us Against the World"
"My Life My Way"
"Until the Day I Die"
"Now and Forever"
"A Mi Manera"
"Your Worst Enemy"
"Time Has Come" More...
Tuck From Hell is set to release the band's new album "Thrashing" on January 25th, 2011 via Metalville Records. The entire new release is currently available for streaming through AOL Music at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Barbecue Beast
2. Death Before Disco
4. Italion Stallion
5. I'm Rollin'
6. I Hellbilly
7. King of Thrash
8. Idol of Gold
10. Tequila Race
Power Quest is currently streaming the new song "Survive" online, which is off the band's upcoming album "Blood Alliance." You can check out the new track through the band's MySpace profile. The release dates for "Blood Alliance" are as follows:
Japan, Southeast Asia: January 26 (through Marquee/Avalon)
Spain, Finland, Sweden: March 23
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: March 25
Rest of Europe: March 28
USA, Canada: April 5
Times Of Grace, the new project between Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, has posted its new music video online for the track "The Forgotten One." The track is taken from its debut album "The Hymn of a Broken Man." The album was released on January 18th, 2011. You can view the video below:
Female fronted Gothic act Elis has issued the following announcement about the winner of the band's recent guitar contest:
"Finally, the winner of the big Elis contest got her price! Jennifer Bravin won the Dean Hardtail and received the guitar together with her dad at the Tornado Trend Shop in Amriswil. We wish her a lot of fun with her new guitar!
"We want to thank all the sponsors who made this contest possible: Audio Tech Muttenz, Musikhaus Blue Wonder Amriswil, Kreativagentur Vierblatt Amriswil, Tornado Trend Shop Amriswil und mycomp IT Services Amriswil."
Down has announced the following batch of tour dates for the United States. Additional concert dates are expected to be announced in the following days:
03/04 New Orleans, LA – The Hangar
03/05 Maxwell, TX – The Cotton Gin
03/06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/28 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre
04/29 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
04/30 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Finland's Horna has issued the following announcement about lining up tour dates in Central and South America:
"Central & South American blasphemies! Horna are finally unleashing a full scale satanic profanation upon the Central & Southern America.
"Dates will be announced as soon as everything is fixed, some dates can be seen from the newly created Tour Posters section! For all the fans, fanatics and maniacs out there, be sure this is not only rumours you hear from the pits..."
Additional details on the venues and show dates will be announced as they are made available.
Florida death metal legends Deicide have teamed up with Invisible Oranges to debut a brand new track from its forthcoming full length album "To Hell With God." The new track, titled "Into the Darkness You Go," will appear on the new album which is set for release on February 15th, 2011 through Century Media Records.
You can access the free stream of "Into the Darkness You Go" at this location.
The dates for Deicide’s “God is Dead: To Hell With God” tour, featuring support from Belphegor, Neuraxis, Blackguard, and Pathology, are as follows:
Feb. 15 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Feb. 16 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Feb. 17 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Feb. 19 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Feb. 20 – Providence, RI – Club Hell
Feb. 21 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 22 – Quebec City, QUE – Imperial de Quebec
Feb. 23 – Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus
Feb. 24 – London, ONT – Music Hall
Feb. 25 – Toronto, ONT – Opera House
Feb. 26 – Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club
Feb. 27 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
Feb. 28 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall
Mar. 01 – Tulsa, OK – Marquee
Mar. 02 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Mar. 04 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Mar. 05 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Mar. 07 – Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
Mar. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
Mar. 09 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Mar. 10 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
Guitarist Skrangelfant of Norwegian black metal act Kraaker has checked in with the following announcement about beginning the pre-production for a new album:
"Hail! I'm starting on the pre-production of the next Kraaker album. It will be ready by this year.
You can expect a big and angry production people!
"I'll try to throw you some pre-production material and keep you updated! Skalle!"
You can also check out Kraaker's music via the band's official MySpace profile.
Chicago's Withering Soul has announced a record deal with Mortal Music for the release of "No Closure" on March 8th, 2011. "No Closure" was recorded and mixed by Chris Wisco (Novembers Doom, Michael Angelo Batio, Lazurus A.D.) at Belle City Sound (Racine, WI), and mastered at The Cutting Room (Sweden). Withering Soul commented on the album:
"As an attempt to characterize, the music may be described as a combination of symphonic black metal and melodic death metal...with some gothic overtones thrown in as well. Featuring carefully crafted songs full of interesting changes and climactic phrasings, the band delivers a mature sound that is not normally achieved on a first release. Also, as an underlying blue print, the band draws on influences from some of the finest in Scandinavian black metal before venturing off and establishing their own style. Throughout the album, you will find sinister yet majestic clean vocal melodies, catchy rhythms, and a haunting vibe that would make for an amazing soundtrack to a classic horror novel. As a special treat, guest backing vocals have been provided by Melissa Ferlaak (Echoterra/Visions of Atlantis/Aesma Daeva) on the songs 'Lifeless They Lie' and 'Unquiet.'"
The single "Tides of the Accursed" from the new album can be heard through this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Night of the Revenant
2. Phantasmal Chaos Divinity
3. The Sequitor
4. Tides of the Accursed
5. Possession of Deception - Part II
6. Sadistic Redress
7. Manifest Transparency
8. Lifeless they Lie
10. Requiem of Sorrow
American progressive metal act A Perfect Circle has been announced as the featured headline act for the upcoming Edgefest festival. Edgefest 2011 is set to take place on Saturday, July 9 at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Festival organizers commented on the event by saying:
"102.1 The Edge is excited to bring Edgefest back to Downsview Park for a jam packed lineup of Canadian and international talent on two stages. This year’s lineup features 14 homegrown bands that are making a mark in the music scene and we are proud to showcase this great talent to our dedicated listeners right in our backyard."
Tickets go on-sale this coming Saturday, January 29th at 12:00pm.
U.S. based black metal act Haeresiarchs of Dis has posted a new preview track online from the band's upcoming album "In Obsecration of the Seven Darks." The newly uploaded song "Consummation of the Seed/Dawn" can be streamed through the band's MySpace profile.
The new album will be released through Moribund Cult Record in April, 2011. Haeresarichs of Dis also recently announced a new album coming after "In Obsecration of the Seven Darks," which has a tentative tile of "Fragment 131: verses: 1-6 from the Third Sermon of the Codex Satyr’s Cross."
French folk metal act Whyzdom has announced the title of its forthcoming second album. The new album, titled "Blind?", is planned for a late 2011 release. The band commented on the new album by saying:
"It is dedicated to people who follow misleading paths, misguided by the ones who love or hate or try to control them, or even sometimes by their own pride. We are pretty convinced that each and every one of us can recognize him or herself in this situation one way or the other. The whole week (and more if needed) will be dedicated to drums. Other sessions will follow until spring. Mix and mastering should be done during summer."
One Man Army and the Undead Quartet's new album "The Dark Epic" is currently set to be released on February 25th, 2011. The band has now posted a music video online for the track "Skeletons of Rose Hall," which is off the upcoming album. You can view the video clip below.
Swedish extreme metal act Entombed, now performing as a five-piece with bassist Victor Brandt and second guitarist Nico Elgstrand, has announced the following headline tour dates for Europe.
Jan. 28 - Spring & Airbrake - Belfast, Ireland
Jan. 29 - The Village - Dublin, Ireland
Feb. 24 - Hulen - Bergen, Norway
Feb. 25 - Byscenen - Trondheim, Norway
Feb. 26 - Betong - Oslo, Norway
Mar. 10 - Studenthuset - Aalborg, Demark
Mar. 11 - Godset - Kolding, Demark
Mar. 12 - The Rock - Copenhagen, Demark
May 19 - Turock - Essen, Germany
May 20 - Hedon - Zwolle, Netherlands
May 21 - Patronaat - Harlem, Netherlands
May 22 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Netherlands
May 27 - Metalfest - Dessau, Germany
May 28 - Metalfest - Mining am Inn, Austria
May 29 - Metalfest - Pratteln, Switzerland
Jul. 07 - Obscene Extreme - Nabojisti, Czech Republic
Jul. 09 - Getaway Rock - Gävle, Sweden
Both Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes have now been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Durbuy Rock festival in Belgium. The festival is set to take place from April 13th - 14th, 2011 in Bomal, Belgium.
Agent Steel has issued the following announcement about vocalist John Cyriis missing the band's performance at the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise:
"Due to unfortunate events, vocalist John Cyriis will not be able to appear with Agent Steel at the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise that sails from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico. The band contemplated canceling, but good friends James Rivera from Helstar, and Rick Mythiasin (Steel Prophet) will lend their extraordinary vocal talents and appear with the rest of the band members as a special 'Master of Metal' set that will include a variety of the Agent Steel catalog.
"This is a great event for the fans to celebrate in the spirit of Heavy Metal on the open seas, we are grateful for James Rivera and Rick Mythiasin to step in on such short notice. Mr Cyriis has given his blessings for Agent Steel to get on stage, and look out to the ocean, and kick some ass! Agent Steel will appear with James Rivera and Rick Mythiasin sharing vocal duties on 70000 Tons of Metal. The band is still scheduled to perform the rest of this year's European festivals with original vocalist John Cyriis."
Swiss metallers Samael have posted the artwork online for the band's new album "Lux Mundi," which can be viewed here. Front man Vorph commented on the art:
"For the cover artwork of 'Lux Mundi' I envisioned a series of rays starting or ending at the centre of the cover. I wasn’t even thinking about any kind of motives, just black on black using a matte and shining black to make the rays apparent. I spoke about that with Patrick Pidoux (Sludge) who did the artwork of 'Solar Soul' and 'Above' and he came out with that idea upon which we immediately all agree."
Patrick Pidoux added, "I draw a very graphic version of an eye which represents sight, the first human sense able to capture light."
The new album will contain 12 new songs including "Antigod," "Soul Invinctus," "Pagan Trance," "The Truth Is Marching On," "Of War," and "The Shadow Of The Sword." The album will be released in April 2011.
Danish act Illnath has issued the following announcement about parting ways with front man Narrenschiff and recruiting a new vocalist:
"Illnath has parted ways with Narrenschiff, we thank him for everything and we wish him all the best in the future. Therefore, we proudly present our new front figure, the elegantly brutal Mona Beck, often referred to as a danish version of Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow."
You can also check out the band's music video for the song "Ravenous Crows" at this location.
Brazil's Shadowside has issued the following announcement about streaming live content from the recording studio on January 27th, 2011:
"Hello rockers! We will open the doors of Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, to all the fans! On Thursday (January 27) at 14:30 (Central European Time - GMT +1), the band will broadcast live via twitcam the recording process of the new album, currently being produced by Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Bring me the Horizon, Evergrey, Hammerfall).
"Shadowside will also be talking to the fans and answering questions live. To join the chat and view the transmission, visit here. Recently, we posted a video showing the good mood inside the studio on the official YouTube channel at this location. See you on Thursday!"
Cleveland, Ohio heavy metal outfit Chimaira has announced that they have signed a new record deal with eOne Music, who will be releasing their future albums in North America, South America and Japan. A message from the band's singer Mark Hunter reads as follows:
"We would like to thank Scott Givens and eOne. We are excited to start the new decade with a team that believes in our music, has our back and thinks outside the box. eOne are one of the very few labels out there who still give a damn about the genre and Chimaira are proud to be a part of that. Expect great things in 2011."
The band are currently in the studio writing their first album for eOne, which is expected to be released later this year.
The "Big Four" of thrash metal, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, are expected to make an announcement shortly regarding tour dates in the United States of America. More information is expected to be made available tomorrow, but in the meantime, a Facebook page for the event has been set up here.
The four bands made history last year by performing several legs of the European festival, Sonisphere, which culminated in the DVD release, "The Big Four: Life From Sofia, Bulgaria," which featured footage of all four bands, along with the massive collaboration which saw members of Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer's Dave Lombardo perform a cover of the Diamond Head classic, "Am I Evil?" More...
Rwake guitarist Kiffin has formed a new band, Napalm Christ, with members of Mountain Mike (guitar) and Allan Wells (bass) of Shitfire and Dookie Dave (drums) of Shredded Corpse. Napalm Christ has released a demo of “The Seasons of Dirt,” which you can hear below: