Metal News for January 28, 2010
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Them Crooked Vultures, the supergroup comprised of music icons Joshua Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, is set to rock the soundstage of Saturday Night Live on February 6th with the show being hosted by Ashton Kutcher. Following their stint on late night television, Them Crooked Vultures will bring the rock to a handful of cities along the East coast before heading to the desert to play Coachella on April 16.
Them Crooked Vultures released their self-titled debut album in November 2009 to a slew of critical acclaim and in just a few short months saw additional accolades including "best of 2009" lists from Spin, MySpace and Time Out. The album, which has reached Gold and Platinum status in a number of territories including UK, Canada and Australia, is available in stores and online now.
Here are the latest Them Crooked Vultures live dates:
2/6 Saturday Night Live
2/8 New York City - Roseland
2/10 Charlotte - Fillmore
2/11 Atlanta - Tabernacle
With their new album currently being mixed, Dawn of Retribution has decided to reveal more details about their debut album, "The Plan To End Humanity." The album’s lyrical concepts cover the struggles of reality, the apocalypse and its aftermath, as well as extreme acts of inhumanity and their repercussions. The cover artwork was the handy work of Curran Brown who is a long time friend of the band, and can be viewed here. Mixing is currently underway in Sweden with Will Blackmon and the album should be available soon.
Here's the complete "The Plan To End Humanity" tracklisting:
1. Ascension Of The Shadow
2. Day Zero
3. Minutes Of The Millennia
4. The Wake Of Devastation
5. Against The World
7. The Plagues That Followed
8. Alive And Screaming
Italy's Hour of Penance has issued the following update about offering the title track from their upcoming album as a free MP3 download:
"We thought it was time to give you a shot of the new album and we decided to post track 1 'Paradogma.' Why we've chosen this track? Because we think that it describes best the new and darker mood behind the new album. This will obviously doesn't means that the new album will sounds just like this track. 'Paradogma' is the most varied album we did so far, each track will have his own personality still being coherent to the overall sound of the new album. We've added so many elements to our music that this track...it's just a little preview. We hope you'll enjoy the new song, and to be you sure you'll do, you can find by clicking the link an high quality mp3 of it."
The track is also available for streaming through the Hour of Penance MySpace page.
Killswitch Engage has posted the third in a series of video diaries online from their South American tour. The video clip, which can be viewed below, features bassist Mike D'Antonio checking in from the rain forest in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Universal Republic Records' We Are The Fallen will unleash their first single, "Bury Me Alive," exclusively via the digital domain on February 2nd. The fivesome is comprised of the original members of multiplatinum band Evanescence, guitarists Ben Moody and John LeCompt along with drummer Rocky Gray, joined by American Idol finalist Carly Smithson on vocals. Acclaimed bassist Marty O’Brien (Disturbed and Static-X, among others) rounds out We Are The Fallen.
The group is already preparing to give fans a live taste of the reportoire fueling their upcoming Universal Republic debut album, due out later in the year - hitting the road in support of Finnish rock stalwarts H.I.M. The extensive, 28 city tour launches in Philadelphia, PA, on March 27th, hurtling through multiple major cities such as Boston, MA, on March 28th, Cleveland, OH, on April 1st, Chicago IL, on April 9th, Los Angeles, CA, on April 23rd, and winding down in New York City on May 7th.
Guitarist Ben Moody has been publicly crediting the group's unique chemistry as the driving force behind We Are The Fallen, describing Carly Smithson's role as a "true partner," and a key component to We Are The Fallen's overall sound. Moody left the platinum-plus breakthrough rock act Evanesence in 2003, and has since co-written major hits for Chris Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson among others. Evanescence’s groundbreaking 2003 album, "Fallen," spent 43 weeks on the Billboard Top Ten Albums Chart, selling 15 million copies worldwide, and 7 million + albums in the U.S. alone.
For Smithson, We Are The Fallen completes her dream - after exiting American Idol - of becoming a creative force in a "vital" band environment. Carly Smithson was a sixth place finisher during Season 7 of the television series American Idol.
German metallers Neaera have issued the following statement about working on new material:
"Hey folks, tomorrow we´re gonna embark on a small 4-show tour of Italy. We've always had great times in Italy, and we´re really psyched to return and party with our friends! In addition, a bunch of new shows have been confirmed, please check the 'shows' section to see if we´re playing anywhere near you.
"What else is going on in the Neaera camp? Of course, we´re constantly working on new material! Hopefully you guys will be pleased to hear that at this point we have no less than five new tunes ready, and we´re planning to hit the studio as soon as we hit the eleven song threshold. As it looks and sounds right now, the material will have somewhat of a 'back to the roots' feel to it as far as Neaera is concerned, meaning that the emphasis will be more on epic melodies without neglecting the right amount of brutality. As always, we will keep you posted about any new developments."
Neaera's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
1/29 2010 Mostovna Nova Gorica (SL)
1/30 2010 blogos Bologna (IT)
1/31 2010 Init Roma (IT)
2/6 2010 Muggefug
2/27 2010 Bastard Club
3/6 2010 Zollhaus Leer
3/20 2010 Expo La Coruna (E)
3/26 2010 Ajz / with Caliban Chemnitz
4/30 2010 Fiesta Pagana Schmerikon (CH)
5/7 2010 Bergwerk / with WBTBWB Millstatt (AT)
5/8 2010 Szene / with WBTBWB Wien (AT)
7/3 2010 With Full Force Festival Flughafen Roitzschjora
Italy's Raintime has issued the following update about the release of their new album:
"Finally, after a long mixing and mastering process with Logan Mader, the new album 'Psychromatic' is near to it's worldwide release. The first release date is set in the USA for March the 16th on Bieler Bros Records. You can listen to 'Fire Ants' on the label's myspace profile. 'Psychromatic' will be released in Europe (excluding UK) by Lifeforce Records during May 2010. We expect a release date during the next weeks. Furthermore, we have a new label in Japan: Radtone Records that is part of the mighty Media Factory Group. At the beginning of April Radtone will release the album with exclusive layout and bonus track. Stay tuned for more details and news."
Greek extreme metallers Rotting Christ have issued the following update about planning a Latin American tour:
"We are proud to announce that Rotting Christ will be celebrating their 20th anniversary, together with the new album release, AEALO, making a world tour that gives us the opportunity to have them in Latin America. The tour will happen during June, and the goal for the band and for our agency will be this time to visit countries and cities of Latin America that they never played before and of course go back in the places were in their long career, has give them always a big support and a lot of passion. We are waiting for all of you in the tour and as Sakis says… LETS MAKE HELL!!"
Official dates for the Latin American tour are expected to be announced soon. Rotting Christ's other upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair has announced he will be co-hosting the Full Metal Jackie radio show this weekend, January 29th - 31st. A full listing of the stations that play the radio show can be found at this location.
Shadows Fall's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Ohio's Silver Skull has issued the following update about their upcoming live shows:
"As always thanks to all who made it to our show at The Shamrock! Also a special thanks to Bubba for getting us the show and to the Shamrock for letting us play! As many of you may already know we have several shows coming up. Some have advanced tickets sales so if you want tickets let us know and we will get them to you. You can make payment through paypal or you can send it to us via regular mail. We can either send them to you via mail or you can get them the day of the show."
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
1/29 - Battle of the Bands at The Cove in Geneva, Ohio.
2/6 - Slave to the Metal Festival with Mistress Juliya from Fuse TV at The Cove in Geneva, Ohio.
2/13 - Karen Page Cd Release Party at The Phantasy in Lakewood/Cleveland, Ohio.
2/19 - Iron Saddle Saloon with Heaven's Hammer in Akron, Ohio.
3/6 - The Shamrock w/ DedEvN in Barberton, Ohio.
3/28 - Sadie Renie's in Canton, Ohio.
In a recent interview with MetalSucks, LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler discusses his band's recent Grammy nomination, touring with Metallica, not letting all the success go to his head, and how the band keeps things fresh and vital. An excerpt follows:
"Are you even planning to attend the ceremony, or do you watch it from home, or do you just not watch at all?
"Last time we did, all of us attended except for Randy [Blythe, vocalist]. He had his own little personal boycott of it in the same vein that we’re talking about – thinking that it’s kind of a joke. This time, I think three of us are attending. Mark [Morton, guitarist] and Randy are staying at home. Randy, out of some personal protest, is not attending. I did attend the first time, and I am attending this time. It’s not that I’m going and thinking that we’re going to win. In fact, I’m fairly certain that we’re not. I think that there are several bands on the list that definitely deserve to win. For me, the after-parties and the show itself are just crazy. It’s so out of my world. I’m just this kid from Virginia that grew up listening to metal. Last time I went to the Grammys, I ended up at a party with “Weird Al” Yankovic and Smokey Robinson. Paris Hilton was there, Dave Grohl was there, and I’m looking around like, “How the fuck did I get in here?” [laughs]
"Do they seat you with the other metal nominees so at least you’re close to the Slayer dudes and the Megadeth dudes and some of the guys you know?
"Yeah. Well, the last time they did. We all kind of sat together and jeered each other on. At this point, we all know each other fairly well. It’s a pretty cool little community there."
Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.
Norwegian gothic metallers Sirenia have announced that their previously scheduled Australian February tour dates have been postponed. The dates have already been rescheduled and will be occuring as follows:
Brisbane Saturday 24th April Hi Fi
Sydney on Monday 26th April Metro Theatre
Melbourne on Tuesday 27th April Billboard The Venue
The Acacia Strain have announced their new DVD "The Most Known Unknown" will be released on February 16th, 2010. The band will be hosting a screening of the DVD set in Worchester, MA at the Palladium February 12th. A promotional poster for the screening can be found here and a teaser for the DVD can be viewed below. More...
Sweden's Thyrfing has issued the following statement about headlining the Jotunheim festival:
"We are glad to announce that Thyrfing is confirmed for it's first appearance ever in Croatia! The band will play at the Jotunheim Festival, taking place on Saturday 19th June in club Mocvara in Zagreb. More info about the festival can be found at this location."
Other confirmed acts for the festival include Vreid, Bornholm, Menhir, and Månegarm.
Austrian death metal band TrustNo1, which is composed of members of gothic act Darkwell, is currently streaming two new songs online from their upcoming album. The tracks "Under the Red Star" and "1532" can be streamed at the band's MySpace page. The as-yet-untitled album is currently set to be released on May 14th, 2010.
Swedish black metal act Valkyrja have announced that they will be streaming their entire new album "Contamination" online until Sunday, January 31st. The album stream is available at this location.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
2. Oceans to Dust
3. Catharsis (Contaminate the Earth)
4. Solstice in Withdrawal
5. Laments of the Destroyed
6. Ambience of the Dead
7. The Womb of Disease
8. Welcoming Worms
9. A Cursed Seed in the World
10. The Adversarial Incentive Within All
Finnish super group Barren Earth, which consists of Kreator, Swallow the Sun, and ex-Amorphis members, have announced that their debut full-length album "Curse of the Red River" will be released on April 6th in the U.S. and March 29th in Europe. The band has now launched a new mini-site for the album where fans can hear samples from the new tracks. The site can be found here.
The track listing for "Curse of the Red River" will be as follows:
1. The Curse Of The Red River (7:52)
2. Our Twilight (5:27)
3. Forlorn Waves (4:39)
4. Flicker (6:42)
5. The Leer (4:56)
6. The Ritual Of Dawn (6:34)
7. Ere All Perish (5:54)
8. Cold Earth Chamber (5:34)
9. Deserted Morrows (6:50)
Australia's Mournful Congregation have announced they will be embarking on a brief Japanese tour in July. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
7/17 - Osaka / Sunsui
7/18 - Nagoya / Huck Finn
7/19 - Tokyo / Kurawood
Samples of Mournful Congregation's music can be found via their MySpace page.
Threshold will release their cover of the Muse song "Supermassive Black Hole" as a digital single on Jan 29 (UK Jan 31, US Feb 2). The single's B-side will be "Slipstream (vocoder version)," a previously unreleased mix of the opening song from the album "Dead Reckoning."
Commented Threshold keyboard player Richard West: "Supermassive Black Hole was such a huge hit for Muse, it's become a modern classic and it's still in the top ten of the U.K. rock charts after 150 weeks! I hope Muse enjoy Threshold 's reworking of their song; we've stayed fairly true to the original but with some added Threshold heaviness."
Iceland's Severed Crotch has issued the following recording update:
"Our part of the work on 'The Nature of Entropy' is almost finished. All that remains are some additional vocals and some last minute improvements. The album is really coming together nicely and we can't wait for everyone to hear it."
"The album is comprised of material from every period in the bands history, so the songs are quite varied and span many different influences. We are very happy with this mix and hope ya'll will be too."
Quite a few bands have been announced already for this year's Vans Warped Tour, which is to take place June 24 through August 15, 2010. Of note to the metal and 'core crowd are: Alesana, Andrew W.K., Bring Me The Horizon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Emmure, Every Time I Die, Eyes Set To Kill, Green Jelly, Haste The Day, In Fear and Faith, iwrestledabearonce, Parkway Drive, Set Your Goals, Suicide Silence, and Whitechapel. You can check out the latest lineup here (more bands to be announced).
The latest Vans Warped Tour 2010 dates are as follows: More...
Norwegian gothic metal band Tristania has issued the following recording studio update:
"Drum recordings for the new album is about to be finalized. 11 songs completed, only one left. Guitar and bass session is starting on Sunday. The result turns out to be great - we can't wait to release this baby!"
New Jersey progressive metal band Autumn Hour has posted a new song, entitled "Rebirth," on their MySpace page. The song is one of three bonus tracking coming off of the European release of their new album "Dethroned," which was remastered and released on January 22, 2010 via Cyclone Empire Records. The album was released on May 5, 2009 in the US through Rock Ridge Music.
The US tracklisting for "Dethroned" is as follows:
02. End User
03. Techcceleration (The Machine Speaks)
04. Here Comes The Rain Again
05. Fade Out
06. Unbelievable (The Mind Speaks)
08. How Were We Supposed To Know?
09. Every Day (The Body Speaks)
11. The Past (The Heart Speaks)
At a recent Metallica concert in Chile, around 120 people were arrested and a policeman was injured when a large number of fans who did not have tickets attempted to force their way into the show. There have been a number of charges pressed including drug possession, disorderly conduct and drinking in public.
“A group of people tried to enter without tickets and Carabineros (militarized police) had to act, launching water,” Col. Miguel Angel Castro said.
The Metallica fans will meet their fate on Wednesday when prosecutors decide what should be done about the incident and those involved.
Chris Jericho, the lead vocalist of heavy metal outfit Fozzy and wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment, was arrested at five a.m. this morning in Kenton County, Kentucky along with fellow wrestler Gregory Helms for the charge of Alcohol Intoxication In A Public Place. Both were bonded out of jail after little more than an hour.
A Twitter update from Jericho a few hours before he was arrested read: "Listening to ZAKK WYLDE and having a GG contest with Hurricane. It's the woods vs the praries. Praires are winning."
The law is in place to attempt to stop anyone who seems drunk enough that they may be a danger to themselves, others or property or being an annoyance. A small fine is usually issued for the first charge, between $25 and $50.
"Faceless Dream," the new video from Costa Rica-based melodic extreme metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS, can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Sergio Gutierrez and produced by Fernando Fonseca. The song comes off the band's second studio album, "Absolution of Humanity," which is expected to be released late February/early March 2010.
Rumor has it that Novy, formerly of Behemoth, Vader and Dies Irae is currently putting together a new band, tentatively called Road's End, with lead guitarist Chris Cannella (N17, Autumn's End) and drummer Kevan Roy (ex-Mastery). Word is, they're still looking for another lead guitarist.
Novy is currently available for Studio/Session work individually or as part of a rhythm section. Drummer Kevan Roy (ex-Mastery) rounds out the Rhythm Section from Hell. For further details, contact their management at email@example.com or visit www.desertcore.com.
Sumerian blackened thrash metal band MELECHESH played their first show in 2010 this past weekend in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The band played a new song, which is will appear on their forthcoming album to be released this year via Nuclear Blast Records. Watch the fan filmed video of the performance below:
Swedish metal band SOILWORK has announced a series of special, upcoming live in-studio web streams throughout the month of February and March for the recording process of the upcoming album, "The Panic Broadcast." The first live stream is set to take place tonight, January 28, at: 10.00pm EST which is 4.00am CET. Watch it at this location. Live streams will be re-broadcasted for those who miss it.
Swiss folk metal banmd ELUVEITIE has posted another new song off their highly anticipated new album "Everything Remains (As It Never Was)." The song, "Kingdom Come Undone," can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Bandleader Chrigel Glanzmann comments, "Here comes the second song off our upcoming album we'd like to present you: 'Kingdom come undone!' One of our harsher tracks, where juggernautish riffs meet with onrushing folk melodies. And exactly the same furious character also lies in the lyrics. The song deals with Vercingetorix, a Gaulish freedom fighter who lived in the time of the Gaulish war. His endeavor was to unite the Gaulish clans. The song presents you a passionate speech, like he probably could have held it in front of assembled Gaulish chieftains.
In that sense: This is V... for Vercingetorix!" More...
Canadian traditional metal band CAULDRON has debuted their official video for "Chained Up In Chains" on YouTube. The video was shot during the recently completed Waste The World tour.
Los Angeles' sludgy hardcore band NORIEGA has just uploaded another track, "Bernard," on their MySpace page. The track comes off their debut EP, Desolo, which came out December 8th on upstart LA-based label, Viable Records.
These ex- and current members of Admiral Angry and Black Sheep Wall have recently opened for EYEHATEGOD, and plan to hit the road this summer in support of the EP. Tour dates will be announced soon.
Viable Records is offering, for the next two weeks only, a special discount price for NORIEGA's "Desolo," as well as donating $1 from each CD sold during the promotion to the relief efforts in Haiti. This is available only through viablerecords.com, until February 12th.