Metal News for January 27, 2011
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Motor City death metal act As They Sleep has uploaded a video blog chronicling the band’s West Coast romp on the "Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour" last month. You can check out the video clip below.
Steelwing has posted a series of photos online from the band's tour dates in Spain and Italy, which can be viewed at this location. The band also commented:
"Hola metaleros! We decided to do like regular feather-winged creatures and head south for the winter, and I must say it's been very nice with some sun and a milder climate, even though the nights have been freezing cold still.
"This venture included our first three shows in Spain, another country we'd love to play in again, as well as our return to Italy after the good times we had there last year (and again, we had a blast!)."
Denmark based death metal act Undergang previously released "Indhentet af Doden" on Vinyl in 2010. Undergang has now announced the album will see a CD release on February 15th, 2011 via Xtreem Music. The label commented on the release:
"Indhentet af Doden, which has already been circulating through the underground for over a year now, has got nothing but praises everywhere, being acclaimed as one of the heaviest (if not the heaviest) bands in the whole European Death Metal scene and who knows if in the rest too! Undergang's music is devoted to the most dense and heavy death metal that reminds to the good old days when bands like Rottrevore, Mythic, very early Grave, Crematory (swe), early Autopsy, early Incantation, Mortician and the likes, were setting the limits for the heaviest music ever made."
You can also check out tracks from the album via the band's MySpace page.
This week a look back at what if certain break-ups, decisions, or meetings didn’t happen and how it would have turned out for the parties involved.
WHAT IF VAN HALEN DOESN’T SPLIT?
David Lee Roth stays with the VH brothers and continues touring to support the 1984 album. Eventually Roth loses his voice for a very long time, but this doesn’t stop Eddie and Alex from making their next album, an instrumental only record, titled: 1986. Despite Roth’s voice gone, they still tour (with DLR only doing karate kicks on stage) and for two years sell out arenas worldwide. Eventually, their popularity dies down with the ill-advised 1990 album titled: Still Runnin’ With The Devil. As for Sammy Hagar? Without VH in his way he focuses on his tequila, eventually forming a strong partnership with a leading brand and goes on to make billions with Jose Haggar… More...
Bloody-Disgusting.com is currently hosting an exclusive premiere of the track "Fracture" from Clandestine's debut album "The Invalid." The album will be out on February 15th through Nightmare Records. Guitarist Dan Durakovich said the following about the song:
"What's up Bloody Disgusting? 'Fracture' is one of our favorite songs to play so we're happy to give you and your readers the chance to check it out first."
Adult Swim has teamed up with Gibson Guitar to create a Deathklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer, the band’s new signature guitar. Adult Swim issued the following statement about the new guitar:
"That’s right: a real guitar. Gibson craftsmen collaborated with series co-creator – not to mention Berklee College of Music grad and Billboard chart-topping musician – Brendon Small to come up with the design of the limited-edition product that was unveiled to industry insiders at last week’s NAMM 2011 show in Anaheim, Calif.
"Available beginning next month at Gibson Guitar dealers throughout the U.S., the Dethklok 'Thunderhorse' Explorer is a top-flight metal guitar patterned after the animated band’s lead guitarist, Skwisgaar Skwigelf’s weapon of choice. It features a gloss Silverburst finish with cream top and fingerboard binding. It is equipped with Burstbucker 1 and Burstbucker 2 pickups and is decked out with chrome hardware. The limited-edition guitar will be available for a suggested retail price of $2699."
Show creator Brendon Small also commented: "Though our show is a crazy comedy, we managed to target a very large guitar playing audience. I think that’s because despite all the joking I do on the show, I take the guitar playing and the way the guitar is presented on the show quite seriously! It may be the only thing I take seriously! Well, I take chocolate seriously too. Anyway, it's great to see the fans responding to the guitar and the music through buying CD and guitar tab books! But I have to say I never knew I'd be lucky enough to design a Gibson Explorer!! This Silverburst is amazing. It sounds beautiful and I've been putting it through the tests on my solo record and it sounds absolutely beautiful! I am officially the luckiest man alive!"
Mammoth Lakes, California based blackened death horde Valdur, which released the "Raven God Amongst Us" full-length this past summer, has now announced two upcoming live shows. The first will happen this coming Friday at The Blvd. in Boyle Heights, California. The second will be an appearance on the Oakland Black/Death Fest at the Metro Operhouse on Saturday, March 12th. The band will be joined by Dispirit, Necrite, and Mutilation Rites among others.
Commented drummer Sxuperion on the live shows and upcoming new tunes: "We always look forward to the live event, as we very much appreciate and respect the energy and effort that is required to provide Valdur's music immediately! Otherwise, Valdur has basically kept our determination focused upon the writing of many new songs that will see themselves appear on a new full-length release. We are buried in ten to 20 feet of snow in town which is very conducive to writing and creating. The new songs are faster and more intense than anything that Valdur has released thus far. This new full-length will be finished and out when we say so."
The details are as follows:
1/28/2011 The Blvd. - Boyle Heights, CA
3/12/2011 The Oakland Black/Death Fest @ The Metro Opera House - Oakland, CA
Bullet Tooth is currently offering an eight song sampler as a free download through Amazon.com. You can download the tracks at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Affiance "Call To The Warrior"
2. Victory In Numbers "The King Is Dead"
3. Most Precious Blood "A Danger To Myself And Others"
4. Deception Of A Ghost "In Case You Forgot"
5. Kid Liberty "Coolguy Deluxe!"
6. First Blood "Enemy"
7. Memphis May Fire "Action/Adventure"
8. The Great American Beast "Lord Of The Dance"
Swedish act Cloudscape has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "A New Era," which is set for release later this year. You can check out the trailer in the video clip below.
SearchNDestroy.net has posted a video interview online with Katon de Pena from Hirax, which was shot in Mexico City on September 11th, 2010. You can check out the video clip below.
WAAF has posted a video interview online with Johnny Christ from Avenged Sevenfold. You can check out the footage from the interview in the video clip below.
Apocalyptica has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to post a music video online for the song "Not Strong Enough," which is off the band's latest album "7th Symphony." You can check out the video clip below.
Vocalist Dan Castro of New York's Castrofate has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows:
"Hey friends, quick update on the shows, our upstate show in Binghamton will be at Flashbacks on Saturday February 19th, but first we've got a NYC date coming up on Friday, February 4th at Ace of Clubs. Check our events for more info.
"Also, Logo Shirts are back in stock, as are Red Skull shirts, all sizes and girlies. We also have some Logo shirts with Tour Dates on the back, back in stock."
Omega Lithium has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming album:
"Recently, we've been repeatedly faced with a question 'What's the concept/theme of the upcoming record?' It's a tough one, but we've decided to give some insight.....
"Dig deep into yourself. Beyond the objective reasoning, and pass the underlying subconsciousness. Examine the architecture of the place where your dreams, hopes and fears are born. Face the shadows roaming through the vast space where everything is possible. The new record is all about rage, power, lust and sins. It is a time bomb that can't wait to explode."
Germany's Desaster has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's upcoming Mexican show due to drummer Stefan "Tormentor" Hüskens being hospitalized:
"Sisters and brothers, unfortunately Desaster have to cancel their appearance at Chas Metal fest in Mexico, 5th February. Tormentor needs to go to hospital. More news soon... it's a private matter, so please be patient.
"The whole band feels sorry for disappointing the Mexican head bangers and we hope to get a 2nd chance later this year or in 2012! Thanks a lot."
Austrian blackened death metallers Belphegor released their latest album "Blood Magick Necromance" on January 14th, 2011. The band recently announced the new album landed at position #17 on the Finnish album charts.
Belphegor has now announced that "Blood Magick Necromance" has hit position #39 in Austria and position #97 in Germany. You can also check out Belphegor's music via the band's official MySpace page.
Karlstad, Sweden based act Sparzanza has posted two teaser trailers online for the bonus material for the band's upcoming album "Folie a Cinq." The 23 minute "Inside the Madness" documentary will be included along with the album, which is set to be released in February, 2011.
Motorhead performed on the Conan O'Brien late night talk show on January 26th, 2011. Footage from the band's performance is now available online and can be viewed below.
Destruction is set to release the new album "Day Of Reckoning" on March 8th, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records in North America. The band is now streaming a new song online from the album titled "Hate is my Fuel," which can be heard via the band's MySpace page. The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Price
2. Hate Is My Fuel
4. Devil’s Advocate
5. Day Of Reckoning
6. Sorcerer Of Black Magic
8. The Demon Is God
9. Church Of Disgust
10. Destroyer Or Creator
11. Sheep Of The Regime
French act Memories of a Dead Man has posted new video clips online as teasers for the band's upcoming album "Maze." You can check out the clips below.
Available for the first time in North America as non-imports, Sabaton’s first four full-length albums will be re-issued by Nuclear Blast on April 14th, 2011. Sabaton had previously announced the track listing for the reissue of "Primo Victoria" at this location. 2006’s "Attero Dominatus (Re-Armed)" will also be re-issued with five bonus tracks, a demo track, plus two covers songs. Sabaton bassist Pär Sundström has issued the following statement about the release:
"For Sabaton’s second release, we decided once again to work with Tommy Tägtgren. This time we came more prepared and knew more of the sound we were looking for. We were in a rush since we were going on a big European tour right after the recordings - and it was really right after. We left the studio with the final master only one hour before departing to the airport! For the bonus material, we chose two of the cover tracks we had already done. We were asked by our old friend (and booking agent for Europe) if we wanted to participate on his tribute album to Doro. Of course we wanted to, and we wanted to do a song which nobody would expect us to do, so we made ‘Für Immer.’ Another cover song is the ‘Långa Bollar På Bengt.’ It’s a famous Swedish song by the band Svenne Rubins. They are from our region in Sweden and we did this song actually before we had enough of our own songs. Later it became requested by fans worldwide."
The track listing for Attero Dominatus (Re-Armed) is as follows:
1. Attero Dominatus
2. Nuclear Attack
3. Rise Of Evil
4. In The Name Of God
5. We Burn
6. Angels Calling
7. Back In Control
8. Light In The Black
9. Metal Crüe
10. Für Immer (Doro Cover Song)
11. Långa Bollar På Bengt (Svenne Rubins Cover Song)
12. Metal Medley (Live In Falun 2008)
14. Primo Victoria (Demo Version) More...
Argentina based folk metal act Tengwar has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "The Halfling Forth Shall Stand." The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Return of the Shadow
2. A Long Expected Fading
3. The Halfling's Rise
4. War Begins
5. Marching South
6. Snow and Defeat
7. The Password
8. A Dwarf Sings in The Dark
9. Fire and Shadow Defied
10. The Pilgrim's Gone
11. In the Land of the Golden Trees
13. The Swan
15. The Bearer's Choice
On February 25th, 2011 Wolfchant is set to release the band's fourth studio album "Call Of The Black Winds." You can check out a new song from the album titled "Eremit" at this location.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Black Winds Rising (Prelude)
4. Black Fire
6. Heathen Rise
7. Never Will Fall
8. Die Nacht Der Wölfe
9. The Last Farewell
10. Der Stahl In Meinem Feinde
11. Call Of The Black Winds
Antigama has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming activity:
"Hello there. Some news from our camp. After long silence due to making new material, completing the line up and doing other non musical things the band entered the studio in January to record the new material. The songs were recorded in Progresja Studio with Pawel Grabowski and mixed and produced by Szymon Czech. The new stuff will be released soon on the split CD with Italian grinders Psychofagist. The preview of the new music will soon be available on band's official web pages. Apart from the tracks recorded for the split CD Antigama have almost completed rehearsing for the upcoming full length record. The new yet untitled album will be recorded and produced by Szymon Czech in spring 2011. It seems to be the most diverse recording from the band so far.
"For this year's Antigama's 10th anniversary the band plan a special gig with invited guests in Progresja club at the end of 2011 and a special CD compilation on their 10-year music journey with previously unreleased material, live trax, remixes and covers. Antigama also plan to play gigs in Poland and abroad. In the nearest future the vocalist Lukasz Myszkowski will take part in this year's Gebofon, a festival of vocal arts devoted to the phenomenon of human voice. His workshops and special live show accompanied by bands guitar man Sebastian Rokicki will take place in in Filharmonia Lodzka in Lodz in February."
Belgium's Eternal Darkness announced the recruitment of a new bassist back in December of 2010. The band has now issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:
"Welcome our new guitarist, Jerome. Voila, we finally find a second guitarist who joined us in our adventure. It will consolidate the guitar part by sharing Cignus new rhythm. Work has already begun and it looks promising. You are talking about a total change, you will be served. A bientot."
You can also check out the band's music at the Eternal Darkness MySpace page.
Sweden's Slumber announced earlier this month that the group had disbanded and formed two separate bands. Slumber has now announced the the band's complete lineup has reunited in the group Atoma, with the recruitment of Slumber guitarist Jari Lindholm.
Atoma is currently working on the new album "Skylight," which is set for release later this year. In the mean time you can check out more information on the band via the official Atoma MySpace page.
Portugal's A Dream of Poe has issued the following update about the band's new album:
"Finally the time has come! 'The Mirror of Deliverance' will be released on February 25th! The album comes in a nice and good looking Digipack with a 12 page booklet. It features 6 songs and it will cost €11 with shipping included. The digipack was designed by Augusto Peixoto. This first album was recorded between January and December 2010 and will be released by ARX Prod.
"All instruments were recorded by me, the vocals were recorded by João Melo and lyrics written by Paulo Pacheco. In the making of this album I had help from several guest musicians, they were Nelson Félix and Paulo Bettencourt on solos and António Neves and Paulo Pacheco on additional vocals.
"As you can see the new design is now online, it still needs some tweaks here and there but it’s pretty much completed, also, I have uploaded a 30 second sample from each song (except Lady of Shalott) to our player so you can have a sneak peek of the album."
The track list for this album is:
2. Os Vultos
3. Lady of Shalott
4. Liber XLIX
5. The Lost King of the Lyre
Indiana death/thrash band Demiricous is reportedly working on a new demo, which the band is self-producing. Demiricous has finished recording the new songs and plans to release the new demo on March 10th.
In the meantime, we'll leave you with this video from the band:
Despite announcing plans to retire last month, British heavy metal act Judas Priest has revealed that the band is working on brand new material, with a brief statement posted on the band's website and Facebook page simply stating that work is proceeding well and more details will be revealed shortly. Judas Priest commented:
"As you may already be aware Priest have announced a fair well world tour beginning this summer, for details and dates please visit judaspriest.com. We are all excited about the tour and are currently having meetings to discuss the stage production, but above all the set list. We intend to include some classic priest songs that we haven't played before and of course the old favourites that every body will want to hear. Stay tuned for further updates. To put every ones mind at rest this is by no means the end of the band, in fact we are presently writing new material, but we do intend this to be the last major world tour."
The band will be heading across Europe this Summer performing at many of the continent's biggest festivals including Wacken Open Air and Graspop Metal Meeting.
Blackened death metal act Impiety has announced the release of a three-song EP through Pulverised Records later this winter. The new EP has been titled "Advent Of…," and was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Music City Studios in Montebelluna, Italy earlier this month. The EP features cover art by renowned Thai artist Lord Sickness. You can view the EP's track listing below.
1. Advent Of The Nuclear Baphomet
2. Ave Satanas
3. Blood Ritual Defamation
The cover artwork for the "Advent Of..." EP can be viewed at this location.
Chicago deathcore act Demolisher has signed a worldwide recording deal with Century Media Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its debut full length offering, "Recognition" this summer through Century Media Records. You can check out a new song from Demolisher titled "World of Hatred" on the band's official Myspace page.
The tracklisting for "Recognition" is as follows:
2. Two-Sided Coin
3. Corporal Punishment
6. World Of Hatred
8. The Holding Pattern
9. The Free Fall
10. Condemned To The Vile
11. Bloodthirsty Ways
Barn Burner vocalist/guitarist Kevin Keegan has checked in with the following update, announcing plans for the band's second Metal Blade Records release:
"We have been itching to get back into the studio and record what we have been working on for 2 years now. The new tunes are fiercer but still catchy enough to show to your dad. Excited to work with Adrian Popovich at Mountain City again and drink all of his shitty coffee. Basically, this new record will just give us more excuses to drink beer and play shows."
You can hear sample Barn Burner tracks available for streaming through the band's MySpace profile.
Canadian stoner metal/sludge metal act Bison B.C. has announced that it will be playing a special one-off show in Seattle, Washington at El Corazon on February 5th, 2011 with New Orleans sludge veterans Eyehategod.
The special event will coincide with the club's six-year anniversary and will also include performances from Owen Hart, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, and Samothrace. You can also check out Bison B.C.'s music via the band's MySpace page.
American deathcore act Upon A Burning Body has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Intermission" and was recently shot at the venue White Rabbit in its hometown with acclaimed director Scott Hansen (A Day To Remember, Alesana, The Ghost Inside). You can view the music video below:
Four new dates have been announced for Shai Hulud's forthcoming headline tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Close Your Eyes, Monsters, I The Breather and Counterparts. You can view the new full list of dates, cities and venues below:
02/02 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
02/03 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
02/04 Altoona, PA – The Archway Center
02/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
02/06 Columbus, OH – Seven Venue
02/07 Portage, IN - Camelot Arena
02/08 Bloomington, IN – Rhino’s
02/09 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
02/10 Memphis, TN – The Hi-Tone Cafe
02/11 Cookeville, TN – Amps And Ramps
02/12 Chattanooga, TN – The Warehouse
02/13 Whitesburg, KY - Letcher County Tourism Building
02/15 West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
02/16 Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
02/17 Revere, MA – Wonderland Ballroom
02/18 Norwich, CT - The Montessori School
02/19 Manchester, NH - Rocko's
A new batch of dates have been added to the current edition of the "Music As A Weapon Tour." The tour, which features co-headliners Disturbed and Korn with support coming from Sevendust and In This Moment, will now reach an additional five cities across the United States. You can view the full list of newly confirmed dates, cities, and venues below:
03/20 Brookings, SD – Swiftel Center
03/22 Mankato, MN – Verizon Wireless Center
03/24 Council Bluffs, IA – Mid America Center
03/25 Cedar Rapids, IA – US Cellular Arena
03/26 Saginaw, MI – Dow Events Center
American deathcore act Attila has revealed the dates for the forthcoming "The Young & Restless Tour." Other acts scheduled to appear include Our Last Night, Vanna, Arsonists Get All The Girls, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken, and Across The Sun. You can view the full list of dates, cities, and venues below:
03/19 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
03/20 Shreveport, LA – Media Star Entertainment
03/21 Fort Worth, TX – The Aardvark
03/25 Las Vegas, NV – Area 702
03/26 San Diego, CA – The Epicentre
03/27 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
03/29 Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
03/30 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
03/31 Portland, OR – Branx
04/02 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
04/03 Spokane, WA – The A Club
04/05 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
04/06 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
04/07 Minneapolis, MN – Beat Coffee House
04/08 Michigan City, IN – The Pearl Theater
04/09 Madison, WI – The Loft
04/10 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
04/11 Mt. Clemens, MI – Hayloft
04/12 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
04/13 Buffalo, NY – Xtreme Wheelz
04/14 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (New England Hardcore And Metal Fest)
04/15 South Hackensack, NJ – The School Of Rock
04/16 Brooklyn, NY – Party Expo
04/17 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
04/18 Crofton, MD – MACC
04/19 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
04/21 Jacksonville, FL – The Pit
04/22 Pompano Beach, FL – Rocketown
04/23 Orlando, FL – H2O Live!
04/24 Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
Maynard James Keenan, of the Los Angeles, California progressive metal act Tool, has posted some unique backstage footage from its recent appearance in Brisbane, Australia. You can view the video below:
Vancouver, Canada sludge metal act Ancients has revealed the cover artwork for its forthcoming, self-titled debut EP. The artwork was created by Cam Strudwick who is known for his work with grindcore acts Burning Ghats and Burn In Hell. The EP is set to feature two tracks, recorded in separate sessions, and will see its release in early 2011. The tracklisting for the effort is as follows:
2. Built to Die
Ancients Guitarist Chris commented on the EP by saying;
"The art is Cam's interpretation of my lyrics and ideas. I'm pretty heavy into crazy ancient religious stuff, secret societies, etc...especially Sumerian creation myths and The Anunnaki and stuff. I Couldnt be any more stoked on the way things are going so far at the shows and we are booked into may with a bunch of killer shows!
"I'm stoked to record the upcoming full length with Shawn Penner in late spring and beyond stoked to get this EP into people's hands so they get a better sense of what we are about. We are happy as shit with the way the production on Built to Die and Humanist turned out. Hope everyone digs!"
You can stream the entire Ancients EP online at this location.