Metal News for January 29, 2010
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31 news articles posted on this day.
The Haunted has been confirmed as support on the first run of rescheduled SLAYER dates in the U.K. on the following dates in May & June:
05.26.10 Leeds, UK o2 Academy
05.27.10 Glasgow, UK Barrowland
05.29.10 Birmingham, UK o2 Academy
05.30.10 Manchester, UK Academy
05.31.10 Nottingham, UK Rock City
06.02.10 London, UK The Forum
06.03.10 London, UK The Forum
Spokane's Odyssey has issued the following update about writing new material:
"We wanted to give everyone a quick update on what we're currently doing. Lately we've been writing new songs and rehearsing songs for our next album. We plan to start recording for it early March. We have no release date in mind, we are going to take our time with this album and make sure its perfect. Plus we just released our debut not too long ago (9-5-09).
"The title for our 2nd album is 'An Abstract Existence.' We have 5 songs that will be on it for sure with the possibility of 2-3 more. The titles of the confirmed songs are:
1. Fractured Dimensions
2. Esoteric Synthesis
3. An Abstract Existence
5. Quantum Symbiotic Inception
"Only 1 of these songs is under the 10 minute mark so you can expect a packed disc, you'll be sure to get your money's worth with us!"
California thrashers Heathen have issued the following statement about postponing their previously planned European tour dates:
"Unfortunately, Heathen will be rescheduling the dates for their European tour. The band is disappointed that they will not be able to hit the road in March but is working hard to schedule tour dates in order to support the new album, 'The Evolution of Chaos' worldwide. New tour dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed."
The new songs "Undone" and "Arrows of Agony" from the upcoming album "The Evolution of Chaos" can be heard through Heathen's MySpace page. The album will be released in North America on February 16th through Mascot Records.
Bay area thrashers Imagika are currently streaming the new track “The Hit” via their official MySpace page. "The Hit" is the second new song to be released from their forthcoming album “Portrait Of A Hanged Man," along with the previously uploaded track "Scared to Death." The scheduled release dates for the album are March 19th in Europe and May 11th in North America through Metalville Records. You can also catch Imagika live on the following dates:
2/4 2010 The Avalon Santa Clara, California
3/20 2010 The Venuez Santa Clara, California
Germany's Obscura will see the reissue of their debut album "Retribution" next month via Relapse. The 2006 release has been re-mastered, re-packaged, and features three bonus tracks. "Retribution" will be released on February 16th. Obscura are currently out on the 2010 Bonecrusher Fest with The Black Dahlia Murder, 3 Inches of Blood, Necrophobic, and more. The European tour will conclude on February 6th in Holland.
Immediately following the Bonecrusher Fest, Obscura will team-up with The Black Dahlia Murder for a four week U.S. tour. This tour kicks-off on February 24th in Atlanta, GA and also includes Augury and Hatesphere. A complete listing of tour dates can be found below. More...
Savannah, GA's Black Tusk will join North Carolina's Weedeater for a four week U.S. tour this spring. This tour kicks-off on March 19th in Dallas, TX and also includes Gates of Slumber and Struck By Lightnning. The tour also includes a stop at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX on March 20th. Black Tusk's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
2/23 Atlanta, GA Lenny's Bar
2/24 Knoxville, TN The Cider House (w/ SKELETONWITCH, IRON AGE, HOWL)
2/25 Chattanooga, TN JJ Bohemia's
2/26 Birmingham, AL The Nick (w/ SKELETONWITCH, IRON AGE, HOWL)
2/27 Memphis, TN Hi Tone (w/ SKELETONWITCH, IRON AGE, HOWL)
2/28 Athens, GA Kingpins Bowl & Brew
3/13 Columbus, OH Skully's (as part of Scion Rock Fest 2010)
3/18 New Orleans, LA Hi Ho Lounge
**All dates from 3/19 thru 4/14 w/ Weedeater, Struck By Lightning**
3/19 Dallas, TX Skillman Street Bar (w/ BLACK COBRA)
3/20 Austin, TX Encore (as part of Tone Deaf SXSW showcase w/ RWAKE, ASG, more)
3/21 San Antonio, TX Zombies (w/ BLACK COBRA)
3/23 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
3/24 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers
3/26 Los Angeles, CA Ultra Violet
3/27 San Francisco, CA Elbo Room
3/28 Portland, OR Rotture
3/29 Seattle, WA The Funhouse
3/31 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
4/1 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
4/2 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
4/3 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
4/4 Chicago, IL Reggies
4/5 Lansing, MI Mac's Bar
4/6 Newport, KY Southgate House
4/7 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
4/8 Toronto, ON Wreck Room
4/9 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
4/10 New York, NY Webster Hall
4/11 Philadelphia, PA Khyber
4/12 Washington, DC DC9
4/13 Frederick, MD Krug's Place
4/14 Richmond, VA The Triple
Young California thrash metal band Bonded By Blood has announced that they will shortly be entering the studio to record their second full length studio album, tentatively titled, "World Gone Mad." This will mark the recording debut of the band's new bass player Jerry Garcia, who stated:
"I'm really excited to record my debut album with Bonded By Blood. With Ralph (Patlan, producer) on our side, the outcome will be a heavy, technical speed metal explosion in your ears."
The album is expected to be released sometime in the Spring through Earache Records.
Industrial metal legends Fear Factory has posted their brand new studio album, "Mechanize" online for streaming at this location. The album will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on February 9th in North America and February 5th in Europe via AFM Records. A special tool box version of the album will be available from the Nuclear Blast webstore on February 19th.
American heavy metal outfit White Wizzard has posted their new music video online for the song, "Over The Top." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's debut studio album of the same name, which will be released in North America on March 9th and on February 8th in Europe. More...
Crossover thrash metal outfit Municipal Waste are currently on a headlining tour in Europe where they are supporting the release of their latest studio album, "Massive Aggressive." A message from drummer Dave Witte reads as follows:
"The tour has been the best one so far I think. Every country and show has been packed and full of energy. Our first time in Stockholm was incredible. We have one Norwegian show left in Bergen tonight before we return to the UK, which is basically our second home - can't wait!! Get ready, we're coming full force!"
Thyrfing have announced they will not be appearing at the Metalfest Open Air festivals in Germany and Austria, as was previously reported. The statement from the band is as follows:
"This is an official statement from Thyrfing regarding some gigs that have been announced (e.g. Metalfest Open Airs in Germany & Austria). Obviously there has been a misunderstanding between promoters and local arrangers confirming these shows. We were in negotiation about them, but had to withdraw and turn down the offers for various reasons. We never confirmed these shows, but obviously they were announced anyway. This is of course very unfortunate, and we are sorry about any inconvenience it might have caused, but also it's something that is totally beyond our control."
Borknagar is currently streaming a new song online from the upcoming album "Universal." The track "Havoc" can be heard through the band's official MySpace page. "Universal" is set to be released on of February 22nd 2010 through Indie Recordings. The track listing for the album is as follows:
3. The Stir of Seasons
4. For a Thousand Years to Come
5. Abrasion Tide
8. My Domain (featuring guestvocals by I.C.S Vortex)
Italy's Aborym has issued the following update about gearing up to enter the recording studio:
"Aborym will enter the studio again the 19th of February. This new opus will be a concept consisting of only one track, a harsh monolith of sickness, violence and depravity. The album will be recorded in the Fear No One Studios owned by Emiliano Natali and will be out later this year through Season of Mist. Line-Up: M.Fabban - Vocals, Bass, Synths, Hell:I0:Kabbalus - Guitars, Synths, Backing Vocals, B.Faust - Drums WE ARE BACK."
Aborym are also currently streaming several sample tracks online through their MySpace page.
German black metal outfit Dark Fortress has posted their new music video online for the song, "Hirudineans." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's latest studio album, "Ylem" which is now available in Europe, but won't hit the shelves in North America until February 9th. More...
New York City hardcore punk band Killing Time has posted a brand new song off the forthcoming release, "Three Steps Back," on the band’s official MySpace page. The opening track off the new record, “Flight Plan,” is now available for streaming at this location. "Three Steps Back" will hit stores on February 9th via of Dead City Records. It is Killing Time’s first studio record in over a decade.
The tracklisting for "Three Steps Back" is as follows:
01. Flight Plan
06. The Accident
07. Rope a Dope
09. Half Empty
12. AKB More...
Phoenix, Arizona's LANDMINE MARATHON has unveiled the cover art of their forthcoming record "Sovereign Descent," which is due out March 16, 2010 on PROSTHETIC RECORDS. The cover art was handled by acclaimed artist Dan Seagrave who's done artwork for acts such as Entombed, Dismember, Morbid Angel, and Suffocation.
Bassist Matt Martinez commented on the art and working with Seagrave, "The artwork that Dan Seagrave created is nothing short of amazing, and in our biased opinion some of his best work to date. We are extremely excited and honored to have been able to work with him."
Finnish gothic metal band POISONBLACK, featuring ex-Sentenced vocalist Ville Laihiala, will be releasing their fourth studio album “Of Rust And Bones.” The album will be available ONLINE only through stores like iTunes and Amazon mp3. The cover art and booklet artwork was created by Teemu Hostikka / www.ntrnz.com and can be seen at this location.
The band comments on recording the new album with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa, “The main goal was, while recording, to have nothing more or less than 2 guitars, drums, bass and keyboards with vocals on top. Basically, record how we sound as a band. A lot of music was recorded 'live' with everyone playing the song instead of Tarmo playing drums with only one guitar and a click track. A couple of songs were played totally naked. It’s amazing how you really get into your instrument and the song when you don’t have any clothes on... Hiili also played a big part in getting us in the right mood for each song. Lyrically the album is dealing with the uncontrollable craving for alcohol and boredom, frustration, hate, love and the fact that eventually everything will go down the drain."
Dutch death metal band SEVERE TORTURE has announced their signing to Season of Mist. Bassist Patrick comments: "We are very excited about signing to Season of Mist! They have an amazing bandroster and we can't wait to release our new album on the same label as Dillinger Escape Plan, Cynic, Morbid Angel, Watain and many others. We already had our share of label experience in the past, some good, some bad, and we have the feeling that working with Season of Mist is going to be a big step up for us! Merci beaucoup, motherfuckers!"
SEVERE TORTURE is currently in Split Second Sound Studios in Amsterdam with producer Jochem Jacobs, hard at work on their upcoming fifth album. You can find some videos of the recording sessions on the band's YouTube channel.
Ashland, Kentucky based rockers HYDROGYN have announced a new line up for their next phase of albums and touring. Founding members, Julie 'the voice' and guitarist Jeff Westlake have joined forces with Jeff Young (ex-Megadeth) on guitar and kHz drummer, Joe Migz. A unique element in the band's evolving sound includes one of the world's few master 6-string fretless bassists, Jake Wolf.
Following a recent interview on Jeff's weekly JFL radio show, Westake & The Pig, the possibility of David Ellefson (Angels of Babylon, Hail, ex-Megadeth) adding some bass work on the album was raised. "It would be an awesome treat for the fans if we can all find time to get that classic duo of Ellefson and Young back together on a song or two!" More...
Arkansas metal band The Handshake Murders has recently completed recording 3 new songs for demo/pre-production purposes. They have posted a video documenting vocal tracking, percussion, and mixing below:
Italy's AT THE SOUNDAWN has posted another video studio diary which can be seen below:
The new album "Shifting" is set to be released on March 15th in Europe and April 19th in North America. More...
Phoenix metal band Fall of Empyrean has issued the following update:
"Grau Records has informed us that they plan to release our third album, 'A Life Spent Dying,' in the first part of April. No exact release date yet, but it will be available prior to the Doom Shall Rise Fest in Germany, scheduled April 9th and 10th. Once we receive an exact date, we will be sure to let you know. We will also be working on putting together a cd release show in late April here in our hometown, we hope to have more details on that soon as well. We would like to thank you all for your patience and support, and do expect to hear more from us from now on, as we have already written new material and plan to be more active in the coming years." More...
German metal band WOLFCHANT has announced the following European tour dates:
08.04.2010 DE- Hamburg - Hafenklang
09.04.2010 A- Wien - Escape Metalcorner
10.04.2010 DE- Gera - Sächsischer Bahnhof
11.04.2010 DE- Berlin - K 17
15.04.2010 DE- Ottweiler - Club Schulz
16.04.2010 DE- Annaberg - Gleis 3
17.04.2010 DE- Leipzig - Pain Castle (Hell Raiser)
11.06. DE- Bornstedt - Burganlage (www.blacktrollfestival.de)
16.10 DE- Seebach- Waldeshall Festival
18.12. DE- Essen - Zeche Carl
This Time It's War has issued the following update on the progress of their new album:
"Hope the new decade has been treating you well so far! We're keeping busy here at the TTIW camp getting artwork together for the new record and waiting for the final mix to arrive, and in the meantime we've been playing a few shows. Speaking of which, we want to thank everyone who came out on Saturday to see us with our buddies in ABACABB at The Hat Factory. It was a long day and we were stoked that everyone stuck around. We've got a few shows in the works as we speak, so keep an eye out for news on those." More...
Reprise Records and Serj Tankian have teamed up with theatrical distributor Cinema Purgatorio to present a series of nationwide screenings of "Elect the Dead Symphony." The dynamic performance was recorded and filmed in HD by six cameras at the majestic Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
The result has been captured in the "Elect the Dead Symphony" — a CD/DVD that will be released on March 9th, 2010.
A pre-order has begun exclusively on iTunes. Fans who pre-order the audio album now for $11.99 will receive access on February 23rd — two full weeks before the album is available in stores and from all digital service providers.
Adelaide death metal band Tzun Tzu has updated their progress on the band’s second album, set to be released sometime in 2010 through Dissedent Records in the U.K.
"Recording for the debut Tzun Tzu album is well and truly under way at Slaughterhouse Studio, Drums, Bass/Rhythm and Synth Guitars all recorded, 50% of the vocals and leads are also complete, mixing and additional tracking will be completed in the new year. 9 tracks have been recorded – with some of the heaviest and darkest tracks yet."
Check out some of the band's material on their MySpace player.
Today’s column takes us through another marathon of 80’s glam metal videos. This special presentation is sponsored by Stella beer and Patron tequila. More...
Brazilian metallers Hibria have posted a live video clip online from their performance at Japan's Loud Park festival, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the footage:
"Hey everyone, we are glad to share with you some live images from our 2009 concerts featuring a live version from the song The Anger Inside recorded live in Japan at Loud Park 09!!! Hibria grew up through the word of mouth of their fans and we decided to put these images together to celebrate and share with you the great 2009 we had!!! The video shows the power of the Hibria fans who catapulted the band to great stages in different countries and how powerful their voices become when singing together. Hope to see you sooner than soon live on a stage nearby you!!!"
Polish metallers Horrorscope have issued the following update about recruiting a new bassist:
"Changes, changes, changes - that's the way Horrorscope's been doing for the last few months. This time, the rotation of a bassist player occurred. After many years of common thud, Walec has left the team. Xycho became the new bass player. Formerly, he destroyed the ears of Darzamat’s, Black from the Pit’s, Killjoy’s and Thorn S’ fans. The band in its new structure performed for the fans for the first time in Rude Boy club in Bielsko – Biala, on January 10th. Following concerts and new recordings in the studio in the nearest time. WELCOME ON THE BOARD XYCHO!"
Canadian metallers Threat Signal, who are currently on a North American tour alongside Epica, have announced they will be heading to Europe alongside (hed)P.E. and Atilla as soon as their current tour ends. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
Threat Signal w/ (hed)P.E. & Atilla
3/3 2010 - Sub 89 - Reading UK
3/4 2010 - Mr. C's - Poole UK
3/5 2010 - Millennium Music Hall - Cardiff UK
3/6 2010 - Club Revolution - Peterborough UK
3/7 2010 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham UK
3/8 2010 - The Corporation - Sheffield UK
3/9 2010 - Moho Live - Manchester UK
3/11 2010 - Ivory Blacks - Glasgow UK
3/12 2010 - Spring & Airbrake - Belfast UK
3/13 2010 - Academy2 - Dublin Ireland
3/14 2010 - Central Station - Wrexham UK
3/15 2010 - The Asylum - Birmingham UK
3/16 2010 - The Underworld - London UK
3/17 2010 - Talking Heads - Southampton UK
3/19 2010 - Trix - Antwerp Belgium
3/20 2010 - Groene Engel - Oss The Netherlands
3/21 2010 - Romein - Leeuwarden The Netherlands
3/22 2010 - Patronaat - Haarlem The Netherlands
3/23 2010 - Helling - Utrecht The Netherlands
3/24 2010 - Underground - Cologne Germany
3/25 2010 - Logo - Hamburg Germany
3/26 2010 - Kansas City - Odense Denmark
3/27 2010 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt Germany
3/29 2010 - Flex - Vienna Austria
3/30 2010 - Club Vaudeville - Lindau Germany
3/31 2010 - Universum - Stuttgart Germany
4/2 2010 - Coupole/Gaskessel - Bienne/Biel Switzerland
4/3 2010 - Rock Planet - Pinarella di Cervia Italy
4/5 2010 - Le Marché Gare - Lyon France
4/6 2010 - La Laiterie - Strasbourg France
4/7 2010 - Trabendo - Paris France
Weedeater has issued the following update about upcoming tour plans after their vocalist has recovered from shooting off his own toe:
"Hey there, here's a quick update...Dixie is still resting his foot and only drinking half as much bourbon as usual so that he is healed in time for Weedater's hobbled yet glorious return to the live arena. Below are the tour dates; we'll have ticket links for you soon so keep checking back for updates. We will be playing new material from our upcoming release 'Jason...The Dragon', to be recorded with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in late April. Much thanks to master Steve for letting a bunch of crazy, dirty, toeless, gun-toting hillbillies back into his pristine studio so we can scuff-up the floor and bang a bunch of his pots & pans together so as to call it 'music.'
"That took some class (more than we have anyway) and in all seriousness we are truly appreciative for Steve and everyone else at EA being so cool about rescheduling this session. The support bands on this US tour are all incredible and include: Black Cobra, ASG, Black Tusk, The Gates of Slumber, US Christmas, and Struck by Lightning. During the Tone Deaf SXSW showcase in Austin, the mighty Rwake will also make a rare appearance joining the party for one absolutely insane night of music. We'll have more updates shortly on the summer tour / fests in Europe as well as the tentative release date for 'Jason...,' so you'll be hearing back from us soon enough. See you out there, don't step on Dixie's foot, and of course, thanks to all of you for your continued support!"
The currently announced dates for the Weedeater "Nine Toe" tour are as follows: More...