Metal News for January 27, 2010
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Skeletal remains of what is believed to be Morgan Dana Harrington, the 20-year-old Virgina Tech student who went missing following a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 17, 2009, have been found on a Virginia farm 10 miles from the concert venue.
The remains reportedly have blond hair and were clad in black clothing. Missing-person fliers for Harrington described her as blond and said she was wearing a black T-shirt with the word "Pantera" on it, a black miniskirt, black tights and black boots when she disappeared.
At a news conference, authorities said they were confident the remains are those of Harrington. "There were significant items and evidence" found to support the identification, Virginia State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty said, although he would not elaborate. Police did not give any information about how she died. The body was being taken to Richmond for an autopsy.
The Harrington family offered a $100,000 reward for her return or information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in her disappearance, to which Metallica added another $50,000.
Metallica commented on the latest turn of events:
"Our most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Morgan Dana Harrington, the 20 year old Virginia Tech student who was last seen while attending our concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. Sadly, Morgan's body was found yesterday ending her family's three month vigil hoping and praying for her safe return. Mere words cannot express the anguish and grief that we know her parents Dan and Gil are feeling, and our thoughts are with them.
"If you have any information at all about Morgan's death, please contact the Virginia State Police at (434) 352-3425 or the UVA Police at (434) 352-3467 or firstname.lastname@example.org."
Finnish death metallers Verjnuarmu have announced they will enter Studio 33 on February 1st, 2010 to record a new single. The band is also planning on releasing a music video of the new single track. More information on the track's title and release date will be announced as it is made available. Sample Verjnuarmu tracks can also be heard via the band's MySpace page.
Spanish metal band SANDALINAS has posted two unreleased tracks on their MySpace page.
"Battlefield Blues" is a track that belongs to the recording sessions of SANDALINAS first album called "Living on the Edge" (2005) as signed by current Firewind's singer Apollo Papathanasio. Gus G, guitarrist for Firewind is the new new Ozzy Osbourne's axe man.
The folowing track, which features current SANDALINAS singer, Rick Altzi (At Vance and Frequency), is called "No Matter What" which is a version of the so-called track as featured on SANDALINAS second CD "Fly to the Sun" (2008), edited by Metal Heaven Records. Also drummer Patrick Johanson (Yngwie Malmsteen) and bassist Mick Cervino (Yngwie Malmsteen, G3) are also featured in that track apart from SANDALINAS main man, Jordi Sandalinas. More...
Dutch female-fronted metallers Alerion have issued the following update about writing new material and seeking a new keyboardist:
"Hi everyone, as I'm writing this we are still looking for a new keyboardist. I've had some contacts which seemed promising, even a few auditions took place, but so far the search has been unsuccessful. Which is unfortunate, as we have four new songs all ready to go, except for the keyboard parts. Some keyboard parts have been written, but most haven't. When we find our new band member, we'll be able to complete those songs and perform them live. Moreover, we can then start creating more new songs. Our future keyboard player will therefore have the opportunity to put his stamp on Alerion right away.
"Of these four new songs, two have been played live a few times, even though the keyboard parts aren't really done yet. These are Colourblind and A Life Less Ordinary. So you might have catched them live. Of the other songs, one will be called Chains of the Collective, and the other is still untitled. That's it for this update. We'll continue our search, we'll see how it turns out."
French metallers Bloody Sign have issued the following update about the release of their upcoming third album:
"Bloody Sign's third full length album Chaos Echoes is on the pressing plan and should be out in February 2010 on Blood Harvest records for Europe. Two new songs have been added to the myspace page. Followed by a digisleeve version with different artwork for USA market to be released by Ibex Moon records in early 2010. Gatefold LP version will be unleashed for spring time through Blood Harvest as well. Expect Death Metal Darkness voyage from the deepest caves of the earth to the last cosmic black holes; roots of extreme metal hermetism and black psychedelism, dealing about the magical links between Music, Death, primal elements, spirits, myths, ancient surrealistic rituals of Sound…and rock’n’roll!"
The track listing for "Chaos Echoes" is as follows:
2. Chord Temple
3. Down To Hell
4. For The Unknown
5. Voice From The depths – bass interlude
6. The Call
7. Primordial Sound
8. Symphony Of Bones – drum interlude
9. Words Of Death
10. Khordê’s Funerals – Guitar Interlude
11. Tongues Of Shadows
Swedish metal act Sabaton has posted the fifth in a series of video reports from their time in the Abyss studios recording their upcoming album "Coat of Arms." The new video clip from the session can be viewed below.
Bassist Jered Eame of Missouri metallers Saetith has issued the following update about finishing the recording of a new album:
"Our new recording 'Revive The Blasphemy' is entirely complete and the artwork has now finally been unveiled. The new music will be posted soon so keep a close look out in the next few days(it takes 24 hours to appear on myspace.) The first shipment of CDs already has a long pre-sale list so be sure to order your copy now...they selling out fast. In the mean time be sure to check out the New Myspace Site Design and the New Official Saetith Site - Our thanks goes out to everyone who waited so patiently for this record. You won't be disappointed."
Denmark's The Kandidate has posted a new music video online for the track "Give Up All Hope," which is off their upcoming debut album "Until We Are Outnumbered." The video was directed by Claus Reinhold and Jeppe Sørensen of Division 666 and can be viewed below.
Vektor has issued the following recap of their recent U.S. tour alongside Heavy Artillery Records label mates Exmortus:
"People of Earth: Vektor is home at last from our first US tour Winter Mayhem, and by all accounts it was a resounding success (unless you count being fucking freezing for a solid month)! There were so many awesome shows and fun times had by all. First and foremost we have to thank everyone that showed up to the shows and rocked with us, picked up a shirt, and hung out with us. We met so many awesome people over that month that it's hard to even remember it all, and we thank you for it. Of course the other big thank you goes to our brothers in Exmortus for all of their help and for being great guys. There's not a lot of people I'd want to live in a van with, but if I had to choose, those guys would be at the top of the list. Finally, our rad merch guy and good friend Ryan Johnson deserves an honorable mention for coming along and sacrificing so much of his time just to help us out.
"We also wanted to apologize to Boston for missing out on your show, due to problems beyond our control. We are working on our summer tour plans (which will be more extensive, due to the better weather) and we will be making it up to you! Sorry to anyone who showed up to find us not there, we only had so much time to give notice that we couldn't make it. More...
In a recent interview with Noisecreep, Scorpions founding member and guitarist Rudolf Schenker discussed why the band has decided to retire after touring in support of their next studio album as well as a number of other topics. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:
Q: First off, why the hell are you guys packing it in?
A: "We were sitting in the studio after we finished tracking Sting Of The Tail, and we realized something rather quickly. We heard these songs together, and it just captured the essence of the '80s Scorpions sound. It sounds like a combination of the best material on the Lovedrive and Crazy World albums. The songs have that feel and spirit. Then our manager had the idea to finish the band on a high note with this record. At first, we thought he was joking (laughter). But then we noticed he was completely being serious. And it turns out, he was right."
Q: So you just wanted to end the band with a high note.
A: "Yes, exactly. Look, we have been around for a long time, and we've done so many great things together. We came out of Germany when no one thought a band from there could rock hard. We've always believed in the band and had fun doing it. Sting Of Te Tail sounds like a classic Scorpions album, so we decided to leave after we get done touring it since it's such a powerful record."
Read the full article at Noisecreep.
California's Eyes of Noctum has checked in with the following update about working on a new album and parting ways with their bassist:
"Happy new year everyone! Well, we're finally back from the Christmas break, and happy to announce that we've started working on our next album! We hope to be in the studio some time in early spring. Naturally we'll keep everyone posted. Also, would like to let you know that we have parted ways with our bass player - Shawn. It's been a great journey, and we wish him best of luck in his future endeavors. We are currently in the process of finding a new bass player. We'll keep posting updates regularly! Hope to hear from you guys! Stay Metal!"
Vocalist K.K. of Destroyer 666 has issued the following post-tour recap:
"Australian Defiance tour. Well it all ended some days ago, and it was worth the all the heat and early morning flights. Some killer crowds, some killer times. To finish up in Sydney and Melbourne was indeed a fitting end to the first half of the World Defiance Tour. We have discussed making our next trip down under a lot less than 6 years between. It is too long we know, but is dependent on many factors, many beyond our control. For those who still want shirts, we have Australian and AntiChrist shirts (back side with tour dates) and Girlys (back side with tour dates) available at Smoke Dreams on Flinders Street Melbourne and through Apocalyptor Records."
Sample Destroyer 666 tracks can be heard through the band's MySpace page.
Swedish metallers Decadence have issued the following update about playing two shows in Venezuela:
"The rumors have been circling around for the past couple of weeks…! Now, we finally announce that Decadence is confirmed for two summer concerts in Venezuela, as co-headline with bay area Thrashers Hirax, at Invasión Thrash - proudly presented by Mattey Magazine!
"Event: Invasión Thrash Dates: - Fri, June 18, 2010 in Caracas, Venezuela - Sat, June 19, 2010 in Coro, Venezuela , Co-headline: Decadence – Hirax Organizer: Mattey Magazine
"Along with all the faithful fans, Mattey Magazine has been Decadence biggest support in Venezuelan press and we are proud and happy to come to Venezuela for the first time on Mattey’s own Invasión Thrash! Stay tuned for more news!"
Dark Fortress has issued the following update about new European tour dates and posting video clips online detailing the creation of their new album:
"After a successful European tour with Satyricon, Shining and Posthum in December, Dark Fortress will be spreading utter darkness all across Europe on their own headlining tour in February 2010. The band will be supported by doomsters Serpentcult as well as fellow German black metal hopefuls Farsot, so see below for the full list of dates and be there! In addition to that, the band has launched a detailed video interview online in which the band comments on the creation of 'Ylem', their musical influences and the upcoming tour."
The first video clip can be viewed below and the second part can be found after the jump.
Swedish metallers Daemonicus have issued the following road report from their current tour with Negura Bunget:
"Finnally we got a hold of an internet connection and a couple of minutes to spare. So of course we gotta post a blog. It is day 9 on the road and we are sitting in a kick-ass apartment in the middle of Bucharest. As usual the weather is colder than we hoped for but its a little bit milder now at least. About the apartment, our tour manager Mr.Coro booked us in a really nice place in which we will be staying a couple of days to relax with a lots of beer and the usual stuff.
"I'll try to keep you up to speed about the days since our last post. After the first show in Bucharest as opening act for the big Rumanian band Negura Bunget, which was a great show. We headed for Galati to play a smaller venue which was called Abyss Bar. Together with a the really cool guys from the band Eufobia we had a killer time and played our asses of. As soon as we arrived at Abyss the heavy drinking started. As soon as you've finished your beer they stood next to you with a refill. Talk about service minded. I gotta tell you about the jam-session as well. After we were finished with our set, a guy named Mauritz (I think it was) asked if we wanted to get a jam going. Said and done, some of us and some of the guys in Eufobia and some local people got a kick-ass jam going on. One of the funniest things I've ever had the privilege to witness. More...
Norwegian metallers Cor Scorpii have issued the following statement about parting ways with their guitarist Stian Bakketeig:
"Guitarist Stian Bakketeig has parted ways with Cor Scorpii due to a lack of time and conflicting schedules after joining Vreid. The band would like to thank him for his contributions, and we wish him all the best for the future. We hope to announce a new lead guitarist shortly."
Cor Scorpii have also announced that Dark Essence Records will be re-releasing their debut album "Monument" on March 1st 2010. The re-released album will also include a remastered version of the band's "Attergangar" demo.
California's Anger as Art has issued the following update about postponing their previously planned European tour:
"Sorry to have to announce that we will not be participating in Metal Bash 2010 on May 1. We had some additional dates to go with that festival appearance that were postponed until later in the year. Specifically we apologize to Jorn Ruter and all at Remedy Records - we owe you a big one, and to all the metal heads near Hamburg Germany. Stay tuned for confirming dates for our European tour. hanks for understanding."
Brisbane progressive metal band Arcane has released a video clip for "The Seer," the first single off their new album "Chronicles of the Waking Dream." The video was an audio-video collaboration between the band themselves, Rad Tape Pictures, and Brisbane-based artist Andrew "Salty" Saltmarsh. Directed by Clint Lewis, it can be viewed below.
Anvil is finally getting what they deserve. Embarking an a US tour for the first time in years to promote their latest album "This is Thirteen," old fans and curious youngsters are flocking to their shows, hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the first metal bands ever. I caught up with the trio during their show in New Orleans where we talked about the movie "Anvil: The Story of Anvil" and how the newly found fame is treating them. A transcibed version follows. More...
Canadian heavy metal band CAULDRON has announced a headlining tour of Canada in March.
CAULDRON frontman/bassist JASON DECAY comments, "We can't wait to get back out to the eastern part of Canada and pound some metal with the 'true' French and maritime bangers. Canada has always been really good for us, especially out east and the far west, so we're really excited to be returning to the east coast. It's been over two years since we were last out to the maritimes, so we're really looking forward to it!"
Catch CAULDRON on the "Chained to the Road" Canadian tour at the following shows:
March 10 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
March 11 - Quebec City, QC - Scanner Bistro
March 12 - Halifax, NS - Gus' Pub
March 14 - Fredericton, NB - Nicky Zee's
March 15 - Montreal, QC - Cafe Chaos
March 19 - Toronto, ON - Poor Alex Theater
Shawn McCoy of the Raleigh, NC based underground metal band CONFESSOR has introduced his new project AGE OF DESPAIR. The recent addition of Abdala Saghir on drums completed the line-up that also includes Brian Zuccaro (vocals), Marcus Williams (guitar) and Ali Lugo (bass). According to Shawn, “We have secured management and are shopping for a label and booking agent that will put us to work. We will enter the studio in early February and hope to tour non-stop through 2011.”
To hear samples of the band, check out their MySpace page.
Les Discrets has announced the release dates for their upcoming debut album "Septembre et ses dernières Pensées." The dates are as follows:
March 26, 2010 (Germany, Austria)
March 29, 2010 (rest of Europe)
The band has also revealed the tracklisting and cover art of the album, which is as follows:
01. Envol des Corbeaux
02. L’ Échappée
03. Les feuilles de l’ olivier
04. Song for Mountains
05. Sur les Quais
06. Effet de Nuit (Song composed for Phest)
07. Septembre et ses dernières Pensées
08. Chanson d’Automne
09. Svipdagr & Freyja
10. Une Matinée d’ Hiver
ALCEST has revealed the cover art for their upcoming album, "Ecailles de lune," which will be released on March 29th via Prophecy Productions. The tracklisting for the album is as follows:
1. Écailles De Lune (part I)
2. Écailles De Lune (part II)
3. Percées De Lumière
5. Solar Song
6. Sur L'Océan Couleur De Fer
Warrel Dane, singer of Seattle progressive thrash metal band Nevermore, has announced the following solo tour dates:
3/04/10 - Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
3/05/10 - Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA
3/06/10 - Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, NV
3/07/10 - Whiskey A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA
3/08/10 - U.B.'s Bar, Mesa, AZ
3/09/10 - The Rock, Tucson, AZ
3/12/10 - Peter's Room, Portland, OR
3/13/10 - Red Room, Vancouver, BC
Guitarist Corey Beaulieu of the metal band Trivium has issued the following update:
"Hey everyone just a quick update. Shattering the skies above is complete and Mark Lewis begins mixing shattering and our cover we did of Sepultura's slave new world tomorrow! We are all super stoked on how the song turned out. Be the first trivium song we have ever done that Matt, Paolo and myself did vocals on, we really wanted to do the song the way we will play it live and it really brings out a new dynamic that we have never had before and we are really stoked that we finally got to give it a shot. Hopefully in the next few weeks we can get the song up for everyone to check out. Everyone that has asked yes we will be playing Shattering the skies above at all our upcoming tour dates!"
Cleveland, Ohio's death grinders EMBALMER are currently writing material for their next full length album, to be entitled "The Apocalyptic Bloodshower" (label tba). According to the band, "the new material is spewing out sicker than ever, and sounding way more intense and brutal than any of the previous stuff." The album is announced as being a return to the classic elements of their "Rotting Remains" and "There Was Blood Everywhere" releases of the '90s, "but with faster, face peeling grinds, a heavier overall sound / production, and all the trademark brutal and tortured vocals the band was known for in the '90s." EMBALMER have just released a brand new "2009 Promo II" that will be shopped to labels, and also be available for free through the band's MySpace page. The material originally appeared on their first 2009 promo, but it got completely re-mixed / mastered with brand new vocals and other improvements. These tracks will also appear on a split 7" EP with Regurgitation (OH), to be released by Goatgrind Records later this year. The EPs will be limited to 350 hand-numbered copies on green vinyl.
PELICAN’s Southern Lord Recordings debut full-length "What We All Come To Need" - originally released in October - will be issued in double-LP format on February 23rd. The deluxe vinyl version bears a heavyweight gatefold jacket, and the fourth side of the release contains three bonus tracks not available on the CD version.
In celebration of the vinyl release of the album PELICAN will play a hometown show in Chicago on March 12th alongside Pinebender and Follows (ex-Russian Circles). This record release show will also be the sole location to purchase PELICAN’s Ephemeral Bean Blend; the band’s own limited edition collaboration with Intelligentsia Coffee of Chicago. The band states: “The richest, most complex flavors take patience and skill to craft and are over far too quickly. In that spirit we are proud to present this blend of coffee beans, who have known artisan care from their moment of inception at the farms at which they were grown to the roastery where their delicate nuances were honed to perfection by the skilled craftsmen at Intelligentsia. Enjoy the moment while it lasts.”
PELICAN will also take part in the recently-announced Scion Rock Fest in Columbus, Ohio on March 13th. The free event features more than 20 bands including Shrinebuilder, Yob, Absu, D.R.I., Cannibal Corpse, Voivod, Trap Them and more.
The band recently released a music video for "Final Breath," the band's first song ever to feature vocals.
San Jose thrashers Imagika are currently streaming the new song "Scared to Death" online, which is off their upcoming album "Portrait Of A Hanged Man." The track can be heard through Imagika's official MySpace page.
Imagika also have the following upcoming tour dates:
2/4 2010 The Avalon Santa Clara, California
3/20 2010 The Venuez Santa Clara, California
In Flames has issued the following statement about headlining the upoming Metaltown and Arvika festivals:
"After the hugely successful Swedish headline shows in December last year we are very proud to announce that In Flames will be headlining Metaltown in Gothenburg (June 19th) and the Arvika Festival (July 16th). In December 2009 In Flames did their biggest Swedish headline shows in their career and played in front of 19,000 people over three days/shows (Stockholm/Hovet – Gothenburg/Scandinavium – Malmö/Arena). When we booked the headline shows last year we all said that they are to be the last shows for quite some time, especially back home in Sweden. But we had such an amazing time with all of you, our amazing fans, so when we got the question if we wanted to headline Metaltown and Arvika this summer the decision was pretty easy. YES!!! We have played both festivals before and had a fantastic time on both of them so it is an understatement to say that we are looking forward to them, both, again."
Kamelot has issued the following update about recording their European tour for a DVD release:
"Kamelot has enlisted renowned photographer Francisco Serralvo to chronicle the upcoming European Tour that kicks off March 25th 2010 in Charleroi Belgium and runs throughout Western Europe until April 17th. Kamelot begins a long touring period in support of their upcoming release. The footage will be part of a future DVD release, Kamelot's first live DVD since the critically acclaimed 'One Cold Winter's Night.' Francisco will be shooting live footage, photos, behind the scenes and lots of fan interactive during the new tour."
The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:
3/25 2010 Charleroi - BE - Le Coliseums
3/26 2010 Tilburg - NL - O13
3/27 2010 Amsterdam - NL - Paradiso
3/28 2010 London - UK - Koko
3/31 2010 Paris - FR - Elysée Montmartr
4/01 2010 Pratteln - CH - Z7 Konzertfabrik
4/02 2010 Montpellier - FR - Rockstore
4/03 2010 Barcelona - ES - Salamandra
4/04 2010 Madrid - ES - La Riviera
4/07 2010 Dortmund - DE - FZW
4/08 2010Köln - DE - Live Music Hall
4/09 2010 Hamburg - DE - Markthalle
4/10 2010 Gothenburg - SE - Trädgårn
4/11 2010 Stockholm - SE Tyrol
4/13 2010 Helsinki - FI - Nosturi
4/14 2010 Tampere - FI - Pakkahuone
4/16 2010 Oslo - NO - Sentrum Scene
4/17 2010 Oslo - NO - Sentrum Scene
Arkansas metallers Living Sacrifice have issued the following statement about their new album "The Infinite Order" containing an accidental bonus track:
"Hey Kids and old dudes (gotta put that in these days), tomorrow on Jan. 26 2010 The Infinite Order comes out and if you have pre ordered the physical CD, you are in for a bit of treat, though it was actually a mistake. Track 12 on the CD is called 'Of My Flesh, Of My Heart' and was not supposed to be on the CD. It was a bonus song that we were saving for a possible European release. When the manufacturer pressed the CDs, they used the wrong master that included this song. That is why there is no track listing or lyrics for it. So, if you have already ordered it or decide to get the CD version relatively soon,you will have this bonus song, and what will hopefully become a 'collector's version.' Subsequent pressings will not have this track and it will not appear on Itunes. So, enjoy the record and we hope to see you on the road so that we can play some of these tunes live."
French metallers Nightmare have been confirmed to perform at the Metalfest Open Air Hungary. The festival will take place from May 21st - 23rd, 2010 in Budapest. More information on the festival can be found at this location. Nightmare's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
2/20 2010 WinterNachtTraum Festival Arnsberg-Oeventrop
3/13 2010 Gomorah Fest Bordeaux
5/21 2010 MetalFest Hungary Budapest
7/24 2010 Woodstock Festival Borkovany
8/6 2010 Wacken Open Air Festival Wacken
10/9 2010 Evening Of Metal Festival Saint Dizier
Otargos bassist XxX will be joining Nefarium as their session bass player for the upcoming "Declaration of Hate" European tour, which is being headlined by Dark Funeral. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
3/05 Skövde - Valhall, Sweden
3/06 Malmö - KB, Sweden
3/08 Hamburg - Markthalle, Germany
3/09 Hannover - Musikzentrum. Germany
3/10 Bochum - Zeche, Germany
3/11 Dordrecht - Bibelot, Netherlands
3/12 Leeds - Rios, United Kingdom
3/13 North Wales - Hammerfest, United Kingdom
3/14 Nottingham - Rescue Rooms, United Kingdom
3/15 London - Underworld, United Kingdom
3/16 Zwolle - Hedon,Netherlands
3/17 Köln - Essigfabrik, Germany
3/18 Vosselaar - Biebob, Belgium
3/19 Strasbourg - La Laiterie, France
3/20 Pratteln - Z7, Switzerland
3/21 Limoges - CC John Lennon, France
3/23 Madrid - Penelope, Spain
3/24 Murcia - Nuevo Garaje, Spain
3/25 Barcelona - Salamandra 1, Spain
3/26 Marseille - Le Jas Rod, France
3/27 Annecy - Le Brise Glace, France
3/28 Paris - L'Elysee Montmartre, France
3/30 Rome - Alpheus, Italy
3/31 Milan - Magazzini Generali, Italy
4/01 Ljubljana - Solkan/Nova Gorica, Slovenia
4/02 Zagreb - Bogaloo Club, Croatia
4/03 Bratislava - Randal, Slovakia
4/04 Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe, Czech Republic
4/05 München - Backstage, Germany
4/06 Nürnberg - Hirsch, Germany
4/07 Mühltal bei Darmstadt - Steinbruch Theater, Germany
4/09 Jena - F-Haus, Germanys
4/10 Berlin - H-O-F- 23, Germany
4/11 Katowice - Mega Club, Poland
4/12 Gdansk - Parlament, Poland
4/13 Vilnius - New York, Lithuania
4/14 Riga - Melna Piektdiena, Latvia
4/15 Helsinki - Tavastia, Finland
4/16 Turku - Klubi, Finland
4/17 Oulu - Club Teatria, Finland
4/19 Stockholm - Klubben, Sweden