Metal News for January 27, 2009
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Metal Blade Records has announced the worldwide signing of the French band, DARKNESS DYNAMITE.
DARKNESS DYNAMITE was formed in January 2007 and already recorded their first EP, "Through The Ashes Of The Wolves," in June of the same year. This release overwhelmed both fans and critics, and DARKNESS DYNAMITE soon signed a distribution deal with Musicat to reach a broader audience.
In 2008 DARKNESS DYNAMITE started the composition of their first album. As the writing process unfolded, a few artistic feuds began to rise between the band and their former singer, who was later asked to leave the band. DARKNESS DYNAMITE welcomed in Junior Rodriguez on vocals. This new blood brought the extra creativity the band was starving for. More...
Boston grinders, Converge, have announced the following east coast US tour dates with COLISEUM, RISE AND FALL, PULLING TEETH, and CEREMONY
03/23: Allston, MA @ ICC Church
03/24: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
03/25: Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
03/26: Lemoyne, PA @ Championship
03/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
03/28: Richmond, VA @ United Blood Festival
03/29: Philadelphia, PA @ The Church w/ Genghis Tron
Canadian stoner sludge metallers, MENDOZZA, will release their new album, "White Rhino" in the US on March 17th via Reversed Records. The album was recorded with producer/engineer Rob Shallcross (Gwar, Strapping Young Lad, Jaw) and mixed by Billy Anderson (Melvins, High On Fire, Weedeater).
MENDOZZA have also announced the following tour dates:
Feb 4 – Vancouver, BC - Media Club
Feb 5 – Seattle, WA - The Funhouse
Feb 6 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
Feb 8 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Blue Lagoon
Feb 9 – Eureka, CA - Aunty Mo's
Feb 11 – Eugene. OR - The Speakeasy
Feb 12 – Portland, OR - The Ash St Saloon
Feb 13 – Olympia, WA - Eastside Tavern
Feb 14 – Surrey, BC - Amberjacks Tavern More...
Atlanta hard rockers, MASTODON, have revealed a brand new song, "Divinations," from their new studio album, "CRACK THE SKYE." The single can be heard here and will be available digitally from iTunes and all other participating digital retailers.
MASTODON has also been confirmed as headliners of the Scion Rock Fest in their hometown of Atlanta, GA on Saturday, Feb 28th, at the Masquerade. Other artists confirmed to appear include Neurosis, High On Fire, Boris, Torche and many others. The event will run from Noon to midnight.
Swedish melodic heavy metallers LION'S SHARE have unveiled the cover art for their upcoming album, "Dark Hours."
LION'S SHARE will release the new album in late March 2009 via Blistering Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Emotional Coma" was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SYMPHONY X, PARADISE LOST, AMON AMARTH) and features guest appearances by SYMPHONY X guitarist Mike Romeo (guest solo on "Behind The Curtain"), and drummers Conny Pettersson (from Earache Records death metal act ANATA) and Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK). More...
Former Skid Row frontman and actor, Sebastian Bach has posted the following message online regarding his plans for the future:
"My plan in 2009 is to release two CDs if possible. One will be the (country) CD I am working on with Jeffrey Steele and Vicky McGehee, the team that brought you 'Battle With The Bottle'. The other CD will be a straight-up, hard ass rocker, the follow up to Angel Down. I plan on writing this record with my band, Roy Z hopefully and definitely Jamey Jasta of the band HATEBREED. Jamey and I are getting together this month to record some demos. I am not going to make a Hatebreed record. I am going to work on material with Jamey that will be heavy and anthemic but still make sense next to the other CDs I have done.
"I am also planning on releasing a new DVD in 2009. Can't go into the details quite yet, but there will be more hi-quality live DVD material coming your way this year, a la Roadrage. Looks like I will be starting work on the new DVD this month.
"Don't get confused by me doing a 'country' album and a 'rock' album at the same time. I have always hated labels. What I have learned over my lifetime is, I don't make decisions for my voice, my voice makes decisions for me. I have to get out of the way of my own voice so it can be heard loud and clear. My only objective in making CDs is to make them 'good'. Hopefully these two new CDs will fall into this category!
"All the best and hope to see you on the road again sometime soon!"
Canada’s female fronted band THE AGONIST strikes back with their second full length, "Lullabies For The Dormant Mind." As a first impression of this effort, the two brand-new tracks “The Tempest (The Siren's Song; The Banshee's Cry)” and “Martyr Art” have been posted at the band’s freshly redesigned Myspace site.
The quintet, born in 2004, covers a wide range of styles from classical to black metal. Their debut album, “Once Only Imagined” (2007), caught the eyes and ears of many musicians and music fans alike, and their sophomore album, “Lullabies for the Dormant Mind,” set to be released on February 23, 2009 (Europe) and March 10, 2009 (USA), will once again prove the diverse talents of these young musicians. The a cappella version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is only one example of the band’s musical abilities as it exhibits Alissa’s wide range of vocal skills and professionalism as a singer.
Produced by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Mythosis), "Lullabies for the Dormant Mind" exposes new facets of the band and touches upon classical, jazz, opera, grindcore, thrash and black metal influences in a complete metal opus.
Karl Sanders, the frontman of South Carolina death metallers Nile, will be releasing his second solo album on April 14th through The End Records. The album is entitled, "Saurian Exorcisms" and was recorded at Serpent Headed Studios.
New England metal solo project, Autumns Eyes, is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary by offering, for free download, almost all of their 8 albums on their web site.
Swedish heavy metallers Soilwork has posted their new video online for the song "20 More Miles." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands latest album, "Sworn To A Great Divide." The band will be touring North America as of January 30th along with Darkane, Warbringer and Swallow The Sun. More...
Heavy metal legend King Diamond has posted the following message online: "Hail to all of you!
"As it might have come to your attention by now, MERCYFUL FATE will be a part of Guitar Hero: METALLICA with the song 'Evil'. This is part of the surprise I have earlier mentioned, but it's only a small part of the surprise.
Full details will follow when permitted.
"Regarding the DVD projects, I am currently working on the King Diamond DVD projects myself, with Livia's help on programming.
US power metallers, Theocracy, have issued the following update:
"Theocracy is proud to welcome Val Allen Wood [photo]as their new lead guitarist! Val is an amazing talent, and will be taking over the guitar duties along with Jon, allowing Matt to step fully into the vocalist/frontman role. The band is very excited about this development, and the new lineup will be hitting stages in the U.S. and Europe soon!"
Epic battle metal band Elexorien has issued the following statement about streaming a new song on their official MySpace page:
"For those who patiently waited: our recently recorded song “For Those Who Remain” is online now! You can check the Media-section on www.elexorien.com and our Myspace to listen to our work and download it for free!! As we have stated before, this is a track from our upcoming album, and part of its grand concept. More info on that will be posted at a later time. For now, enjoy the song, and spread the word!"
Female fronted Nordic folk metal band Midnattsol has issued the following statement about playing at the 2009 Metal Female Voices Festival:
"We want to thank all the new and old fans for the great support in Lübeck (Treibsand), Osnabrück (Winternoise) and Kerkrade (Rock Temple). This way it is fun to rock the place!!! Especially we want to thank also the great staff of the fabulous clubs Treibsand and Rock Temple, who really did a great job to let us feel absolutely well. And „Wow“ for the Kerkrade Crew – the club is now so amazing and we wish you all the best for the future!
"Also we are really happy that we will performance this year again on the Metal Female Voices Fest on 10/17/2009."
Cradle of Filth has issued the following statement about canceling their appearance at the upcoming Frostbite Festival:
"Due to unforeseen circumstances we regret to announce the cancellation of Cradle Of Filth's appearance at the Frostbite Festival, Finland on the 7th February 2009. Please accept our sincere apologies and we hope to come back to Finland soon!"
Earache Records has issued the following update about Municipal Waste taking part in the 2009 No Fear Energy Music Tour:
"MUNICIPAL WASTE, the critically acclaimed crossover thrash act from Richmond, VA will be playing alongside such metal luminaries as LAMB OF GOD, AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM and GOD FORBID on the No Fear Energy Music Tour. The tour will start on April 2nd in Phoenix, AZ and end on May 15th in Myrtle Beach, SC.
"This hotly anticipated tour, sponsored by No Fear energy drink will see MUNICIPAL WASTE take their explosive blend of thrash all over the country and put them in front of some of their biggest North American audiences to date. The band, who has been cooped up in their rehearsal space for months, diligently writing and rehearsing material for their yet to be titled summer release on EARACHE RECORDS. The WASTE is eager to get back out on the road to deliver their hard-hitting flavor to every town along this tour.
"I'm excited about this tour;" says MUNICIPAL WASTE drummer, Dave Witte. "It contains a little of everything, home town buddies LAMB OF GOD, old friends GOD FORBID, friends to be made AS I LAY DYING & CHILDREN OF BODOM and of course, plenty of metal." Witte's enthusiasm about the tour is hard to contain, especially when it comes to talking about the many faces of head bangers young and old that the band will come across during the length of this tour. For them, he leaves a special message: "This is a perfect tour for every kind of metal head from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. Join us & come face the Waste!" More...
Fecal Junk Records is planning a split with Bolivian grindcore band BIZARRE BONDAGE, but they don't have a second band for it. You can check out Bizarre Bondage here and contact the label if interested in being part of the split.
Mutiny Within, formerly known just as Mutiny, has posted a new video online of bassist Andrew Jacobs recording bass tracks for their upcoming album. The video can be viewed below. More...
ALTAR OF PLAGUES announced the completion of their new album today. Their record label, Profound Lore Records, issued the following statement:
Ireland’s most promising extreme metal band since Primordial, ALTAR OF PLAGUES, have completed work on their monstrous, atmospherically crushing debut full-length album, “White Tomb”.
Already gaining quite a reputation with their “Through The Cracks Of The Earth” demo and especially with their self-released epic “Sol” EP (and along with touring the UK with MAYHEM, in which a few testimonials would reveal that Altar Of Plagues would upstage the Norwegian legends during the tour), Altar Of Plagues have morphed their layered sound into an apocalyptic sonic maelstrom that not only upholds the band’s black metal beginnings, but takes that initial paradigm and into more-vast, epic, experimental and ambient cinematic musical terrain. Where “Sol” was an immense progression from their demo, taking the band’s bleak vision of a scenario of desolate and abandoned urban wastelands and creating and shaping their distinct style of apocalyptic virulent melodic black metal, “White Tomb” takes the sonic vision of “Sol” and expands it much further into new epic, destructive and desolate, collapsing, and unforgiving sonic realms. If black metal traditionally conjures scenes of epic nature, massive cascading waterfalls and engulfing forests, Altar Of Plagues creates stark images of crumbling skyscrapers, dying and rotten urban structures, empty cracked worn down highways and desolate vast oceans.
The album’s warm edged sound and uncompromising production portray’s the band’s visceral wall-of-sound effect without falling into a typical synthetically triggered digital-sounding paradigm nor falling into a post-whatever sounding mess. Other elements such as KHANATE/BURNING WITCH-esque painful slow trudging doom also find their way into the mix as “White Tomb” also features guest vocals from Nathan Misterek of the now defunct doom gods GRAVES AT SEA, minimalistic electronica and haunting Cold Meat Industry industrial ambient, along with the towering apocalyptic vibes of OLD MAN GLOOM and old-school ISIS (“Mosquito Control/Celestial” era) layered with the instrumental textures that bands like MOGWAI and RED SPAROWES portray, “White Tomb” (mastered by Colin Marston of KRALLICE/BEHOLD… THE ARCTOPUS/DYSRHYTHMIA etc.) is a vicious and atmospheric pillage that orchestrates the collapse of Earth; a depiction of civilization (or what’s left of it) in despair attempting to re-build a world destroyed and shattered by their own hands. More...
Dallas, TX-based death metal act RAPE PILLAGE & BURN is set to release their debut EP "Songs of Death... Songs of Hell" through Ibex Moon Records on January 27th.
RAPE, PILLAGE & BURN had this to say regarding the EP and their relationship with Ibex Moon Records: "With eternal and infernal hails we RAPE PILLAGE & BURN are honored to announce the release of the Songs of Death... Songs of Hell EP through Ibex Moon Records. The release date is January 27th, 2009. We have known John (McEntee; owner) for many years and are proud to keep true with him the traditions of the underground extreme metal music scene with this release! As the black fire grows larger and louder we are also pleased to declare our debut full-length record Audible Hell will also be available through Ibex Moon Records in 2009 - release date TBA. We rejoice as creation dies and forever we will sing the songs of darkness!"
Behemoth frontman, "Nergal" has posted his feelings on the bands appearance at this summers Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival. The post reads as follows: "I cannot find words to express the enthusiasm that literally blows us up! It’s a great ennoblement to be accompanied by Slayer and Marilyn Manson. This is the best reward that we could ever get after a dozen of years of hard work and wandering on various venues all over the world. I can promise that Behemoth will be at it’s best. We will play a cross-sectional set with some new material included!"
Behemoth will also support Slayer on a tour for three weeks before the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.
Georgia based metal band Kylesa has issued the following update about streaming a new song and revealing the artwork for their upcoming album "Static Tensions" on their MySpage page:
"Today we unveil one of the new songs off of our upcoming record Static Tensions. Said and Done was the first song we wrote for Static Tensions and has a little bit of everything that can be heard on the album. We think it is a good introduction. I must note that the mp3 does does give the song's nuances proper justice. The cd will melt your walls. The album artwork was created by our long time friend John Dyer Baizley of Baroness and was produced by our guitar player / vocalist Phillip Cope (Baroness, Withered). Pre-order details for the album can be found here.
"The pre-order special includes an exclusive album edition t-shirt by John Baizley and CD. We'll have more information on the vinyl and 7" later this week. We will join label mates Skeletonwitch and Black Tusk for a 3 week tour including a stop at SXSW. Black Tusk and Skeletonwitch are old friends so it will be cool to share the road and late nights with these guys. We'll have dirty swamp metal on one side and some righteous ripping metal on the other. All in all a damn good show and a damn good time. A few days later we'll hook up with The Haunted, Nacytmystium and Intronaut. We have a show April 1st which we will post soon. We look forward to playing the new songs."
Guitarist Gus G. of Greek melodic metallers Fireweind has issued the following update:
"Even though we toured the U.K. hard in 2008 and are still planning to kick some serious ass at the Hellfire Festival next month, when the opportunity came to do this tour with STRATOVARIUS, we just couldn't say no.
"U.K. and Ireland have turned out to be some of the best places on earth for FIREWIND when it comes to our ever growing fanbase and on how dedicated our fans are in these countries. Teaming up with STRATOVARIUS makes this such a killer package. They are a band with quality, catchy melodic songs and a high level of musicianship. They are pioneers in their genre. They are definitely a band that has inspired us and we are honoured to share the same stage with them!!
"So what can you expect from FIREWIND on this one? a) your face melted by our Metal, b) a different setlist, and c) maybe even an exclusive brand new track? See you out there very soon!" More...
Heavy metal legends Motorhead has announced a string of tour dates in the United Kingdom beginning in November. Frontman Lemmy Kilmister says: "Here we are again boys and girls, come and get your fuckin’ head blown off! - in the best possible taste!"
The tour dates are as follows:
November11 @ Plymouth Pavillion
November 12 @ Bristol Colston Hall
November 13 @ Newport Centre
November 15 @ Swindon Oasis
November 16 @ Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
November 17 @ Newcastle City Hall
November 19 @ O2 Academy Glasgow
November 20 @ O2 Academy Leeds
November 21 @ Manchester Apollo
November 23 @ Cambridge Corn Exchange
November 24 @ Southend Cliffs Pavilion
November 25 @ Portsmouth Guildhall
November 27 @ Bournemouth Solent Hall
November 28 @ HMV Apollo Hammersmith
November 29 @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Swedish metallers Opeth recently performed in India for the first time but received a few problems during their show. Frontman Michael Åkerfeldt has posted the following message online:
"Where is my mind?
"Hey good people!
"Long time since I wrote something here, I've been really fucking busy with everything and I try not to live by the rules set by my computer... most of the time.
"First off, I'm better, not sick at all. I even managed the whole trip to India without shitting myself which is a grand achievement. Christmas was fine, New Year's Eve was fine. We had dinner with my friends, the band... and Jonas and Anders (KATATONIA) and my friend the King with their respective girlfriends/wives. Had some great food, a few glasses of wine, a few beers, some bubble shit that no one likes (apart from the posh idiot pretenders) but drink anyways once a year. More...
American heavy metallers Trivium has posted their brand new video online for the song, "Throes Of Perdition." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands latest release, "Shogun" which was released last September. As previously reported, the band will be taking part in this years edition of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival along with Slayer, Marilyn Manson and Bullet For My Valentine. More...
Swedish Grammy award winning act In Flames has announced a tour of Eastern Block
Says the band, "We have not played live in most of the countries in Eastern Europe and we are all really looking forward to it. Hope to see a lot of new faces and cool places on this tour."
The band will be performing in South America next month before heading out to Eastern Europe.
The tour dates are as follows:
7 - Monterrey, Mexico - Café Iguana
8 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
10 - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro Metro
12 - Santiago, Chile - Blondie
13 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - The End
14 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - The End
15 - Sao Bernardo, Brazil - Espaco Lux
25 - Zagreb, Hungary - Tvornica Club
26 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
27 - Maribor, Slovenia - STUK Sporthall
28 - Belgrade, Yugoslavia - SKC
29 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Venue TBC
30 - Bucharest, Romania - Arenele Romane
1 - Budapest, Hungary - Petofi Czarnok
2 - Trencin, Slovakia - Piano
4 - Prague, Czech Republic - Folimanka
6 - Warsaw, Poland - Pogresja
Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse has uploaded their entire new album, "Evisceration Plague" onto their official Myspace. You can check it out by clicking here. The album will be released in North America on February 3rd. The band has also posted another clip of the band in the studio which you can check out below. More...
This years edition of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival will be co-headlined by Marilyn Manson and Slayer according to Revolver. Also on the main stage will be Bullet For My Valentine. There will also be a "Jagermeister stage" which boasts performances from Trivium, God Forbid and All That Remains, as well as the "Hot Topic stage" which features Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel and Job For A Cowboy.
The latest Rockstar Energy Mayhem 2009 tour dates are as follows: More...
The routing for the Music As A Weapon 4 tour, featuring Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira and Lacuna Coil has been revealed.
Chimaira plans on filling in some shows between dates. Stay tuned for ticket sales and tour updates.
Here's the current Music As A Weapon 4 tour routing: More...
Norwegian metallers TOMORROW'S OUTLOOK have posted a 60-second clip of their Crimson Glory cover, "Red Sharks," featuring Norman "Ski" Kiersznowski and Mike Gorham on a duet.
"Red Sharks" will be included on the upcoming "The Revenge Of Azrael" tribute to Crimson Glory, due later in the year via Metallicarchangel Records.
Here's "The Revenge Of Azrael" lineup:
TOMORROW'S OUTLOOK (Nor) - "Red Sharks"
FAITH FACTOR (USA) - "Azrael"
WITHOUT WARNING (USA) - "Lost Reflection"
CYCLOPHONIA (Norway) - "Eternal World"
GRAVEN IMAGE (USA) - "Where Dragons Rule"
PLANET STORM (Sweden) - "Burning Bridges"
ANARCHY X (Italy) - "Queen Of The Masquerade"
HELD UNDER (USA) - "Valhalla"
INNOSENSE (Greece) - "Masque Of The Red Death"
FATES PROPHECY (Brazil) - "In Dark Places"
ETERNAL WINTER (USA) - "Lady Of Winter"
SCOTT OLIVA (USA) - "Painted Skies"
MIKE BLAIR PROJECT (USA) - "Dream Dancer"
More bands will probably be added later as well.
Eyesofsound is set for a strictly limited release that brings together the late Bossk with labelmates Rinoa.
Rinoa follow up their stunning debut EP with new song "Fires In The Distant North" and live favourite "Eyes Closed," a newly recorded song that pre-dates the EP. Both were recorded in January 2009 at Bandit Studios with Jonny Renshaw of Devil Sold His Soul.
Fresh out of the studio, Rinoa guitarist, Jozef Norocky also of Symmetry speaks about the recording:
"One of the best weekends ever... Jonny is the most accommodating person there is and he's done an amazing job making the new songs sound astronomically huge."
The Bossk side will feature previously unreleased material, details of which are to be finalized with the band. Bossk unfortunately called it a day in October 2008 so rare live material is what can be expected. Keep a look out for further news on this.
To be released only on vinyl with a digital download voucher and limited to 500 hand numbered copies, this release will be available exclusively from Eyesofsound.
In the meantime you can check out a pre-mastered version of "Eyes Closed" by Rinoa on their Myspace page.
You can also catch Rinoa headlining an intimate show at The Fighting Cocks in Kingston, London on Friday 30th January 2009, support comes from Latitudes and Dragged Into Sunlight.
Pre-orders will start on February 9th 2009.
The CT Brotherhood Fest 2009 (a benefit for Rob Lotzko) will take place on February 21st and 22nd at Bobby Allens in Waterbury, CT. Admission is $20 per day and the following bands are scheduled to perform:
Bury Your Dead
Death Before Dishonor
Sum Of All Fears
The Risk Taken
Crowns Of Kings
Check Your Face!
Shoot To Kill